As dry conditions recently increased across the state, the majority of Texoma is now considered to be in a state of drought, the Texas Water Development Board said in its weekly water report this week. In the latest update, the board found that 65 percent of the state is currently in a state of drought.

“Drought now covers 65 percent of the state, its largest extent since June 2014,” TWDB Hydrologist Mark Wentzel said in the report. “Another 25 percent of the state is abnormally dry and could slip into drought in the next few weeks.”

In the latest report, the majority of Grayson County is considered to be in a “moderate drought” with the southeastern corner of the county described as “abnormally dry,” but not in a state of drought. Similarly, the eastern side of Collin County remains abnormally dry while the rest of the county is in a moderate drought.

This represents the first time in 2018 that Grayson County has slipped into a drought in reports by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

For the month of February so far, a weather station near the Sherman Water Treatment Plant recorded just 0.10 inches of rain, National Weather Service Meteorologist Jennifer Dunn said Tuesday. Despite the dry start to the month, she said there were increasing chances for rain as the week progressed.

“We are looking at dry conditions through Thursday, but chances for rain increase Friday and Friday night and continue through Saturday,” Dunn said. “We have low chances on Sunday, but rain should return early next week.”

Despite the dry conditions, the elevation of Lake Texoma remained above average for this time of year. By late Tuesday afternoon, the pool elevation stood at 615.90 feet. This placed the lake into its flood control pool, which was 2.19 percent full, for this time of year.