The two-year drought has largely ended for eastern North Carolina. The only area of concern is an area extending from Washington to the South Carolina border, along and east of Highway 17. This area is still considered abnormally dry by the United States Department of Agriculture soil moisture report through April 21. Elsewhere conditions have returned to normal in our part of the state. Moderate drought conditions continue across the extreme western part of North Carolina. The area extends southward from near Boone through Asheville and southwest into Cherokee. Prospects for rain over the next week are very slim as a big ridge of high pressure builds into the state. Temperatures will soar into the middle to upper 80s for the next several days. Soil moisture will be decreasing over the weekend so we may experience very dry conditions by the middle of next week.