Extreme drought entered Colorado last week for the first time in over a year, and continued its expansion in the latest report from the National Drought Mitigation Center.
An early morning thunderstorm brought around an inch of rain to drought-plagued Kiowa County Saturday.
In Eads, 1.16 inches was recorded between midnight and 4:00 a.m.
In eastern Kiowa County, Sean Harkness reported 0.90 inches on social media.
Severe storms - and possibly tornado - are predicted for eastern Colorado Friday.
High fire danger returns to much of drought-stricken southern Colorado Wednesday.
Conditions across Kiowa County will be mixed through the week, with daily temperatures ranging from the 50s to the 80s and chances of rain in the mix.
Saturday, look for temperatures in the upper 60s, accompanied by a north wind with gusts to 40 miles per hour. Overnight, low 30s are predicted, with wind gradually decreasing after midnight. Areas north of Kiowa County will be under a freeze watch and frost advisory Saturday night into Sunday.
Note - this article has been updated to reflect an expansion of the impacted area under a frost advisory.
Colder temperatures are coming to eastern Colorado Saturday night into Sunday morning according to the National Weather Service.
During the day Saturday, temperatures in the area are expected to be in the low 60s, slightly below normal, before dropping to the low 30s and upper 20s.
A frost advisory will be in effect from 3:00 and 8:00 a.m. Sunday. Frost is expected to develop as temperatures drop just below the freezing mark.
For the first time in more than a year, Colorado has areas of extreme drought - the third worst category.