- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Drought conditions are getting worse in the North Carolina mountains.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported (https://avlne.ws/2ey5ayV) no rain has fallen in Asheville since Oct. 8.

Meteorologist Lauren Vison with the National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina, says Cherokee, Clay and Macon counties are considered to be in extreme drought, the highest of four drought categories.

Buncombe, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Polk, Rutherford, Swain and Transylvania counties are in a severe drought, the second most serious category.

Vison said there’s a chance of a little rain Friday morning in the Asheville area, but conditions are expected to be mostly dry until at least Oct. 26. She said the winter is expected to be drier and warmer than usual this winter.

Rainfall in the Asheville area is about eight inches below normal.

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