Drought, historic flooding, deadly storms throughout the Nation

Drought, historic flooding, deadly storms throughout the Nation

Across the Corn Belt, rain showers linger across the Great Lakes region, while some wet snow is falling in the upper Mississippi Valley. Across the remainder of the Midwest, low air temperatures and cool, wet soils are severely limiting fieldwork.

On the Plains, isolated rain showers are spreading into Montana. Elsewhere, dry weather prevails. Light freezes were noted Thursday morning on the High Plains as far south as northernmost Texas. Drought continues to expand and intensify across the south-central U.S., including much of Texas.

In the South, powerful thunderstorms continue to rake the southern Atlantic States, while recovery efforts from a deadly tornado outbreak are underway from Mississippi to Virginia. Farther west, historic flooding continues in the lower reaches of the Ohio Valley and neighboring areas.

A major tornado outbreak of historic proportions impacted portions of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia on Wednesday.

More than 150 tornado reports were received on Wednesday, with the majority across northern Mississippi and Alabama. Widespread destruction, loss of life, and substantial injuries have been reported from numerous strong to violent long-lived tornadoes crossing areas from Jackson, Miss., to Birmingham, Ala. Tornadoes have produced severe damage in Tuscaloosa and other locations in Mississippi and Alabama. Numerous storm surveys by National Weather Service Forecast Offices are planned for Thursday across the impacted areas.

In the West, a Pacific storm is producing rain and snow showers across northern areas, where unusually cold weather persists. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork from California into the Southwest.

A brief period of dry weather will permit a very limited return to fieldwork in the Corn Belt.  However, wet weather will return to the Midwest by the end of April, followed by showers and locally severe thunderstorms across the Mid-South and the Ohio Valley in early May.

Meanwhile, unusually cold air over the Northwest will expand across much of the U.S. during the weekend and early next week, bringing the threat of early-May freezes as far south as the central High Plains.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across much of the northern U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in southern Florida and from California to the southern High Plains. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation in most of the northern and eastern U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across Florida’s peninsula and from California to the central and southern High Plains.

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