Rain, rain come again

RALEIGH The National Weather Service said Friday that U.S. Drought Monitor data shows that most of western and eastern North Carolina is in a drought, and the central part of the state is not far behind.

Eyewitness News Chief Meteorologist Chris Hohmann said the Triangle area is already about 3 inches below normal for the year.

That could mean an increased chance of wildfires and a return to water restrictions by this summer if things don't improve.

The weather service said drought conditions exist in 63 North Carolina counties this week, up from 39 counties last week.

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