Warmer weather to the west...

Warmer weather to the west...

Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather continues. Wet conditions have limited spring planting preparations in the southern Corn Belt, while lowland flooding is affecting parts of the upper Midwest.

On the Plains, warmth is overspreading the western half of the region. Unfavorably dry conditions persist on the drought-affected southern High Plains, but isolated rain showers are affecting the northern and central Plains.

In the South, warmth is mostly confined to southern portions of Texas and Florida. Meanwhile, cool, showery weather is providing additional drought relief in parts of the Southeast, particularly in Florida.

In the West, warmth continues to build across the region, although rain and snow showers linger from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. Fieldwork is advancing in California and the Southwest, where Thursday’s high temperatures will range from 75 to 95°.

Warmth will continue to spread eastward, resulting in some record-high temperatures during the weekend on the central and southern Plains. Meanwhile, cool weather will return to the Northwest during the weekend before arriving across the Plains early next week.

Elsewhere, an active storm track will continue during the next few days, with the most significant precipitation falling in the Pacific Northwest and from the Mid-South into the Northeast. However, dry conditions will prevail from southern California to the southern High Plains.

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 South. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the North and East will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from southern California and the Great Basin eastward to the central and southern Plains. 

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