A range of weather across the Heartland...

Across the Corn Belt, light snow is falling across parts of the upper Midwest. Dry weather prevails in the central and eastern Corn Belt, although lowland flooding persists along many creeks and rivers. 

On the Plains, beneficial precipitation (rain, freezing rain, and snow) is falling across central portions of the region, including much of Kansas. Unfavorably dry conditions persist, however, across the majority of Texas, where 56% of both the winter wheat and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition, according to USDA/NASS, on March 6. Spring planting is also underway in Texas’ southern production areas, with 14% of the state’s corn and 16% of the sorghum planted by March 6.

In the South, beneficial rain showers are developing in the western and central Gulf Coast regions. Spring fieldwork is proceeding in the Southeast in advance of an approaching storm system.

In the West, snow showers linger across the central Rockies in the wake of a departing storm. Cool, dry weather prevails elsewhere, except for a new round of precipitation arriving in the Pacific Northwest.

A storm system currently centered over northern Texas will drift northeastward, reaching the Great Lakes States during Wednesday. Storm-total precipitation amounts of 1 to 3 inches will be common from the Mississippi River to the East Coast, with totals in excess of 4 inches possible in parts of the Northeast.  Meanwhile, snow will spread from the central Plains into the upper Midwest, while locally severe thunderstorms will sweep across the South.

Elsewhere, showery weather will be confined to the Northwest, while dry weather (and a warming trend) will cover areas from southern California into the south-central U.S.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for colder-than-normal weather across the northern High Plains, northern Rockies, and Pacific Coast States. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation across roughly the northern half of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across the nation’s southern tier. 

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