Cold; another weekend storm ahead...
Across the Corn Belt, widespread snow showers continue downwind of the Great Lakes. Most of the northern and eastern Corn Belt has a shallow snow cover, except for greater depths in climatologically favored areas.
On the Plains, chilly conditions linger. However, milder air is beginning to overspread the High Plains. Thin winter wheat stands across portions of the central and southern Plains contrast with a well-established, snow covered wheat crop on the northern Plains.
In the South, the coldest air of the season is spreading across the southern Atlantic States, with freezes reported Monday morning across northern Florida. Florida’s citrus belt has again escaped a freeze, although breezy weather prevails across the peninsula. In fact, Florida’s ongoing cool spell should benefit the citrus crop—provided that a hard freeze does not occur—by helping to cold harden the trees.
In the West, a storm system is moving inland across the Intermountain region, while showery conditions linger across northern California and parts of Oregon. Frequent storms have helped to establish early-season snow packs across the West, except across the southern tier of the region.
For the remainder of the week, cold weather in the East will contrast with mild conditions in the West.
Freeze Warnings for Tuesday morning are already in effect across Florida’s peninsula as far south as Lake Okeechobee and the northern Everglades.
Farther west, late-week warmth will spread as far east as the Plains. Precipitation will fall on Monday across the Intermountain West. However, for the remainder of the week, significant precipitation will be confined to the Pacific Northwest and the nation’s northern tier.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across much of the southern half of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in northern and central California, the northern Great Basin, and across the northern tier of the nation.