Cold, active pattern to continue...

Across the Corn Belt, snow is falling in parts of the Great Lakes region, while rain stretches from southeastern Michigan into the lower Ohio Valley. In the southern and eastern Corn Belt, soft red winter wheat has lost much of its protective snow cover. Meanwhile, cold weather is returning to the upper Midwest. 

On the Plains, the latest wave of cold air is surging southward. Tuesday morning’s low temperatures ranged from 0 to -20 degrees in the eastern Dakotas, where livestock continue to endure difficult conditions. Across the northern Plains, snow showers accompany the cold blast.

In the South, rain is falling across interior sections, especially Kentucky and Tennessee. Southern pastures and winter grains are benefiting from milder weather and recent soil moisture improvements.

In the West, above-normal temperatures prevail. In the Northwest, scattered rain and snow showers accompany the mild weather.

An active weather pattern will prevail for the remainder of the week. Cold air will gradually engulf the eastern half of the U.S., while mild weather will cover much of the West. Precipitation across the eastern one-third of the U.S. will gradually diminish by mid-week, but a new storm system will develop over the nation’s mid-section.

By January 19-20, snow will spread from central portions of the Rockies and Plains into the Ohio Valley. Snow will return to parts of the middle and northern Atlantic States late in the week.  Elsewhere, dry weather will prevail through week’s end from California to the southern High Plains, while unsettled conditions will persist from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across the South, East, and Midwest, while warmer-than-normal weather to northern California, the northern High Plains, and the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions across the South. 

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