A chilly, damp pattern continues...

Across the Corn Belt, some light snow is overspreading westernmost areas. Meanwhile, flooding continues in parts of the western Corn Belt. For example, the James River at Mitchell, South Dakota, crested 8.14 feet above flood stage on March 26—just 0.19 foot (2.28 inches) below the April 2001 high-water mark.

On the Plains, chilly weather prevails. A few snow showers are being reported across the northern half of the Plains. Drought-stressed pastures and winter grains on the central and southern High Plains are still in need of moisture.

In the South, beneficial rain is falling across Florida’s peninsula, although high winds accompany some of the thunderstorms. Farther north, a mixture of rain and snow is providing drought relief in the southern Mid-Atlantic region. In contrast, extremely dry conditions persist in the western Gulf Coast region.

In the West, dry weather favors fieldwork from California into the Southwest. Meanwhile, scattered rain and snow showers dot the Northwest and Intermountain West.

During the next 5 days, a series of fast-moving storms will maintain unsettled conditions across the majority of the U.S. Precipitation will be heaviest (locally 2 to 4 inches) in the Northwest and Southeast, while dry weather will be confined to areas from central and southern California to the southern High Plains.

Meanwhile, below-normal temperatures will prevail nearly nationwide early in the week. By mid-week, however, warmth will begin to build across the West. Warm weather will expand as far east as the central and southern Plains by week’s end.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal weather in parts of the Southwest. Meanwhile, near-to above-normal precipitation across the North and East will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from central and southern California eastward to the middle and lower Mississippi Valley. 

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