An active pattern underway...
On the Plains, a developing low-pressure system over the Dakotas is producing scattered showers across the northern half of the region. Meanwhile, warm, breezy weather prevails on the southern Plains in the wake of last week’s rainfall.
Across the Corn Belt, unusually warm, mostly dry weather prevails between storm systems. During the weekend, rain slowed or halted late-season corn and soybean harvesting. In the eastern Corn Belt, however, the rain provided much-needed moisture for drought-stressed pastures and recently planted winter wheat.
In the South, showers and thunderstorms are slowing fieldwork but providing much-needed moisture for winter grains and drought-stricken pastures. Dry weather is returning to areas from the Delta westward.
In the West, very cool, windy weather prevails. Widespread showers are affecting the northern two-thirds of the region, while snow is falling at higher elevations from the Cascades to the northern and central Rockies. Harvest activities for crops such as cotton are advancing at a slower-than-normal pace in California and the Desert Southwest.
For the remainder of the week, an active weather pattern will result in showery, windy weather across much of the U.S. Snow will gradually end across the Western mountains, but accumulations will shift to North Dakota and neighboring areas.
Meanwhile, 5-day rainfall totals may reach 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher totals, across the Great Lakes and Eastern States.
Dry weather will be confined to areas from the Desert Southwest to the southern Plains.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures in the East, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail from the Pacific Coast to the Plains. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the Pacific Coast States, northern Rockies, and from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast.