A winter storm warning goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday for Beaufort, Dare, mainland Hyde, Martin, Tyrrell and Washington counties. A winter storm advisory goes into effect at 7 a.m. Friday for the rest of Eastern Carolina. The threats are snow, sleet and freezing rain.
The drought covering North Carolina has worsened over the past week.
In many counties conditions went from being "severe" to "extreme." That's according to the weekly report from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Those counties in the extreme drought include Duplin, Jones, Lenoir, Wayne, Greene, Pitt, Wilson and Edgecombe. All the rest of our counties are in a severe drought, with the exception of extreme northeast North Carolina.
Sixty-three of 100 counties are now in extreme drought. They spread from western North Carolina across the Piedmont over to the coastal plain.
The state's western tip is suffering the worst conditions. Ten of the state's westernmost counties are under "exceptional" drought, which is the worst category.
Municipalities across the state have imposed mandatory or voluntary water conservation orders.
Water levels at lakes and reservoirs continue to be below normal.