Drought slightly expands in panhandle, more dry weather ahead

SIDNEY, Neb. — The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows conditions trending drier in western Nebraska. 

According to the drought monitor, areas under moderate drought conditions expanded in the panhandle, mainly in Dawes County. All of Scotts Bluff County remains under a moderate drought while parts of Morrill, Banner, Box Butte and Sioux counties are also impacted. 

Kimball and Cheyenne counties have more area under abnormally dry conditions this week compared to last week. 

Southwest Nebraska also saw drought conditions expand, with portions of Keith, Lincoln, Chase and Hayes counties under moderate drought conditions. 

These drought conditions could continue to trend in the wrong direction. The National Weather Service office in Cheyenne says there is a little chance for rain — about 20-30 percent — over the weekend. 

It will also remain hot in the area for the next week. Highs are forecast to reach the low 90s through the weekend and the upper 90s through Wednesday.