Across the Corn Belt, light snow is beginning to overspread western portions of the region, including the middle Missouri Valley. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails, although widespread lowland flooding persists from the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys into the lower Great Lakes region.
On the Plains, a snow storm is underway across central portions of the region, including much of Nebraska and parts of Kansas. Bitterly cold weather across the snow-covered northern Plains contrasts with unusually warm, breezy conditions on the southern High Plains.
In the South, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent, beneficial rainfall. However, more rain is needed to significantly dent the region’s long-term drought.
In the West, cool weather prevails. Scattered rain and snow showers are affecting much of the region, particularly across the Intermountain West.
Early in the week, a developing spring storm will produce beneficial precipitation (mostly in the form of snow) on the central Plains. By Tuesday, snow will spread into the upper Midwest, while locally severe thunderstorms will erupt across the lower half of the Mississippi Valley. At mid-week, precipitation will spread into the East. In some areas from the Mid-South to the Appalachians, storm-total precipitation could reach 2 to 4 inches. As a result, lowland flooding may develop or continue from the central and eastern Corn Belt into the Northeast.
Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will return to the Intermountain West, but showery conditions will persist through week’s end in the Northwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal weather in the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in southern Texas, the Southeast, and the Southwest.