Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching storm. Recent precipitation has been especially beneficial in the eastern Corn Belt, where pockets of drought had developed in recent months.
Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather prevails, except for snow showers downwind of the Great Lakes. In the Ohio Valley, drought coverage and intensity has been further reduced by recent rainfall.
Across the Corn Belt, frozen precipitation has halted final corn harvest efforts in the far upper Midwest. Meanwhile, rain showers are further boosting topsoil moisture reserves in the eastern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, the coldest air of the season—accompanied by a few snow showers—is spreading across northern areas. The northern Plains’ winter wheat is entering dormancy under nearly ideal conditions, but portions of the central and southern Plains remain unfavorably dry.
During the next few days, the focus for active weather will shift to the West.
Meanwhile, a disturbance generating small amounts of rain and wet snow while crossing the nation’s mid-section will weaken.
Across the Corn Belt, some snow remains on the ground in the far upper Midwest, but drought remains a concern with respect to the winter wheat crop in parts of the eastern Corn Belt.
A low-pressure system drifting from the southern Plains into the upper Midwest will produce rain and wet snow. Some of the most significant snowfall accumulations will occur from northwestern Iowa to the western end of Lake Superior.