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.
On the Plains, chilly conditions linger. Friday morning’s temperatures fell below 20 degrees as far south as the southern High Plains, where cotton harvesting continues. By November 21, nearly one-third (31%) of the Kansas cotton crop remained in the field, along with 27% in Oklahoma and 20% in Texas. Farther north, windy weather and a few snow showers are developing on the northern High Plains.
AIn the South, scattered showers stretch along a cold front from the southern Mid-Atlantic States to the central and western Gulf Coast regions. The front separates warm, humid air in the southern Atlantic region from cool, dry conditions farther north and west.
In the West, cold weather persists. For the second consecutive morning, freezes are a threat to temperature sensitive vegetation as far south as California’s San Joaquin Valley, where Thanksgiving Day lows generally ranged from 27 to 32 degrees. Similar readings were noted in the San Joaquin Valley again Friday morning, although neither temperatures nor freeze durations posed a significant threat to citrus.
During the weekend, cool, dry weather will settle across the East. Meanwhile, cold, showery weather will return to the West.
By early next week, a significant storm will take aim on the nation’s mid-section, with more snow expected across the northern Plains and the upper Midwest. Farther south, locally heavy rain will erupt from the lower Mississippi Valley northeastward into the lower Great Lakes States. In the storm’s wake, another surge of cold air will sweep across the Plains and Midwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for colder-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near- to above-normal temperatures in the northeastern and south-central U.S. Meanwhile, drier-than-normal conditions across the nation’s southern tier will contrast with near- to above-normal precipitation across the northern two-thirds of the U.S.