UNDATED (WJON News) -- Timely rainfall has allowed us to continue to chip away at the drought conditions across Minnesota.

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Thursday's weekly update from the U.S. Drought Monitor says 27 percent of the state is still Abnormally Dry, an improvement from 39 percent a week ago. The Moderate Drought area is now down to 8 percent of the state, an improvement from 11 percent last week.

While the report is released on Thursdays, the data is as of 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, so all of the rain we had on Tuesday afternoon and evening won't be factored in until next week's report.

The driest area continues to be in north-central Minnesota.

Here in St. Cloud, we've had 9.29 inches of rain so far this spring which is 2.56 inches above normal.

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The National Weather Service says Isolated to scattered thunderstorms are possible this Thursday afternoon through the night. A few storms in western Minnesota may be strong to severe, with large hail and damaging winds the main hazards.

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