A thaw develops across the Midwest...

A thaw develops across the Midwest...

Across the Corn Belt, chilly conditions linger across the lower Great Lakes region. Mild weather is returning to the remainder of the Midwest. A substantial snow cover persists across the northern Corn Belt, where depths of a foot or greater remain common. 

On the Plains, unusually warm weather prevails. Tuesday’s high temperatures will approach 60° in Montana and will reach 80°F on the southernmost High Plains. On February 13, USDA/NASS rated 58% of Texas’ winter wheat crop in very poor to poor condition, along with 51% of the state’s pastureland.

In the South, temperatures are rebounding to near- or above-normal levels. The spring-like weather is promoting outdoor activities and some growth of pastures and winter grains.

In the West, beneficial precipitation continues to spread inland across northwestern California and the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, warm, dry weather favors early-spring fieldwork in central and southern California and the Desert Southwest.

For the remainder of the week, an active weather pattern will continue to evolve across the West.  Some of the heaviest precipitation will fall in northern California, where 5-day totals could reach 3 to 5 inches.  Toward week’s end, heavy precipitation will also arrive in southern California.

Meanwhile, generally warm weather will prevail during the next few days across the Plains, Midwest, South, and East. Readings of 80° or higher can be expected in parts of the south-central U.S. through February 17.

Late in the week, however, markedly colder air will arrive across the nation’s northern tier.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal temperatures and near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. Warmer- and drier-than-normal conditions will be confined to portions of the South. 

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