Cold & somewhat unsettled across the Heartland...
Across the Corn Belt, lowland flooding is underway in the upper Midwest, with the highest water levels currently affecting eastern South Dakota and portions of southern Minnesota. However, cold weather is temporarily minimizing additional runoff into swollen creeks and rivers.
On the Plains, cold, dry weather prevails. Thursday morning’s temperatures fell below 20° as far south as eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Drought continues to adversely affect pastures and winter wheat on the central and southern High Plains.
In the South, colder air is arriving, but dry weather continues to promote planting and other spring fieldwork. Pastures, winter grains, and emerging summer crops will soon need rain in the southern Atlantic region and in most areas from the lower Mississippi Valley westward.
In the West, a procession of storms continues to hammer northern and central California with heavy precipitation. The remnants of an earlier storm are producing scattered showers from northern Arizona into the Northwest. Unfavorably dry conditions persist in New Mexico and southern Arizona.
During the next 5 days, late-season storms will produce an additional 2 to 5 inches of precipitation in northern and central California, with lower amounts expected elsewhere in the West. However, mostly dry conditions will persist from southern Arizona to the southern High Plains.
Farther east, a series of fast-moving storms will produce light to moderate precipitation—including some snow—from the central Plains into the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States.
Cold weather will cover the U.S., except for some lingering warmth across the Deep South.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for colder-than-normal across the eastern half of the nation, while near- to above-normal temperatures will prevail from the West Coast to the High Plains. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal conditions in the Northwest and much of the East will contrast with near- to below-normal precipitation across the remainder of the U.S.