Snow for parts of the Heartland, cold wave to follow...

Snow for parts of the Heartland, cold wave to follow...

Across the Corn Belt, a band of snow extends from the Dakotas into Iowa. Meanwhile in the Ohio Valley, cold, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of drought-easing or -eradicating rainfall.

On the Plains, large temperature fluctuations continue across the southern half of the region, where a portion of the winter wheat crop is poorly established. Friday’s high temperatures will exceed 70 degrees as far north as eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Meanwhile, cold weather persists on the northern Plains, where some additional snow is falling.

In the South, freezes were noted as far south as northern Florida for the second consecutive morning, although temperatures remained well above 32 degrees in Florida’s citrus belt. Meanwhile, late-season harvesting continues in the Southeast.

In the West, a band of rain and snow showers stretches from northern and central California across the northern Intermountain region. Across roughly the northern two-thirds of the West, early-season storms have established high-elevation snow packs and benefited pastures and winter grains.

For the remainder of Friday into Saturday, a fast-moving storm will produce a stripe of snow from the northern Plains into the southern Mid-Atlantic States. In the storm’s wake, cold weather will persist across the eastern half of the U.S., accompanied by a prolonged period of snow squalls downwind of the Great Lakes.

Farther south and west, sharp temperature fluctuations will continue on the central and southern Plains, where a return to cold weather during the weekend will be followed by another rapid warming trend early next week.

Elsewhere, milder but unsettled weather will prevail in the West.

Elsewhere, 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 be confined to parts of California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across the majority of the nation will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in northern California, the Northwest, and from the lower Great Lakes region into northern New England. 

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