Turning milder (for now)...

Turning milder (for now)...

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.

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors final corn harvest efforts. Among the major production states, only Pennsylvania (90%), Wisconsin (93%), and North Dakota (95%) had not harvested more than 95% of their corn by November 14.

In the South, mild, dry weather is promoting late-season fieldwork and the development of winter grains and cool-season pastures. Although the Southeastern cotton harvest remains ahead of the normal pace, more than one-fifth (21%) of Georgia’s crop was still in the field on November 14.

In the West, the cotton harvest continues in Arizona and is nearing completion in California. In the Northwest, abundant precipitation is favoring winter grains and boosting high-elevation snow packs.

A broad area of high pressure will maintain mostly dry weather from central and southern Plains to the Atlantic Coast, with increasingly warm conditions developing over the central and southeastern U.S.

A few light showers are possible in the central Corn Belt and Delta, although heavier precipitation will develop next week in the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys.

Farther north, arctic air coupled with a series of Pacific disturbances will lead to periods of snow across northern portions of the Rockies and Plains; this arctic air will begin to push south and east during the middle of the week. Cold, unsettled weather—with locally heavy mountain snow—is expected from California into the central Rockies.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for colder-than-normal conditions over much of the U.S., with above-normal temperatures confined to the Southeastern Coast. Meanwhile, wetter (snowier)-than-normal weather across most of the eastern U.S. will contrast with below-normal precipitation in the Plains, Rockies, and Great Basin. 

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