Some moisture returns to the southern Corn Belt...

On the Plains, light precipitation is ending across eastern portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. An inch of new snow covers the ground Monday morning in Topeka, Kansas. However, precipitation again largely bypassed drought-stressed pastures and winter wheat on the central and southern High Plains.

Across the Corn Belt, a mixture of rain and wet snow is falling in the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys. Cool, dry weather prevails elsewhere in the Midwest. A significant amount of moisture remains locked into the snow cover across northern areas, from the Dakotas to northern Lower Michigan.

In the South, a storm system is centered near the northern Mississippi Delta. The storm is producing a chilly rain across the Mid-South and thunderstorms along the system’s trailing cold front. In contrast, warm, dry weather in the Southeast is promoting fieldwork, including early-season planting operations.

In the West, showery weather prevails across the Pacific Northwest and in a band stretching from central California to the northern Rockies. Western water-supply prospects for the spring and summer are mostly favorable, except in parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

Rain showers will move into the East by mid-week, but the focus for heavy precipitation will be the Northwest. In fact, precipitation totals of 2 to 6 inches may occur by week’s end in the Pacific Northwest, while amounts near 2 inches can be expected in parts of the northern Rockies.

Late in the week, precipitation will spread from the northern half of the Plains into the Northeast.

In contrast, dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days from southern California to the southern High Plains.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures in the West, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail across the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from southern Texas to the southern Atlantic States.              

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