Drought conditions in the state are worsening, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor report release this week. More than 30 percent of the state is in extreme drought, up about 10 percent from last week.
Lack of significant rainfall is causing the dry conditions. KARE 11 reports the metro area is more than four inches behind the average rainfall since Sept. 1, the beginning of meteorological autumn.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says drought conditions are straining the state's natural water resources and urges water conservation.
Agricultural, commercial and industial water users are being advised to stop outdoor irrigation and begin conserving water as soon as possible, the DNR said in a news release. Public water suppliers have been asked to implement conservation efforts as well.
Lake levels are also a major concern, according to the DNR. White Bear Lake's water level has hit its lowest point on record.