The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map released last week showed little change to mounting drought conditions in the western 2/3 of the U.S., and that looks to continue through the next few days. Though much of the northern Plains and Midwest saw as much or more than normal precipitation in the last month, areas from Montana, California and the Southwest saw much less than normal, and that trend is expected to continue through the next week, according to the latest forecast. A low-pressure system is expected to move through the central U.S. through the mid-South, Southeast and eastern seaboard later this week, but a high-pressure system in the Hudson Bay region of Canada will help block potential moisture-bearing systems from moving into the drought-stricken western U.S. in the next week. Watch the latest outlook.