Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails. Lowland flooding continues in the lower Ohio Valley and has developed in the upper Midwest, including the Vermillion River basin in eastern South Dakota.
On the Plains, record-setting warmth lingers across southern areas, where drought-stressed pastures and winter grains are in need of moisture. Light rain is overspreading western Nebraska, but wheat-producing areas on the central High Plains remain dry.
In the South, warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork, along with winter wheat development and emergence of newly planted summer crops. Drought remains a concern, especially in the western Gulf Coast region and the southern Atlantic coastal plain.
In the West, the latest in a series of storms is bringing locally heavy precipitation to northern California and the Pacific Northwest. In contrast, warm, dry conditions persist in Arizona and New Mexico.
A weak cold front will bring somewhat cooler weather to the northeastern quarter of the nation, while unseasonably warm, mostly dry conditions expand from the Plains into the Corn Belt and Southeast. However, a warm front will generate scattered showers across the central Plains, with the activity gradually intensifying as it moves northeast into the Great Lakes.
Meanwhile, a potent storm system will generate widespread, locally heavy rain and mountain snow west of the Rockies. Precipitation will be heaviest in California, while moisture from the system will mostly bypass the drought-stricken lower Four-Corners Region.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for warmer- and drier-than-normal weather from the central and southern Plains into the Southeast. In contrast, cooler- and wetter-than-normal conditions are expected across the nation’s northeastern quadrant and from California into the Pacific Northwest.