Midwestern fieldwork largely at a standstill...
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather and a few showers linger across the lower Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather temporarily prevails in the western Corn Belt. Midwestern fieldwork is mostly limited to a few areas in the southwestern portion of the Corn Belt.
On the Plains, late-season snow is overspreading parts of Montana, while warm, breezy weather is returning to the drought-stricken central and southern High Plains. Wildfires remain a threat in the south-central U.S., where pastures and winter grains continue to succumb to drought.
In the South, showers are confined to southern Florida. Mild, dry weather favors clean-up and recovery activities in storm-ravaged locations, while producers are resuming fieldwork after recent heavy rain.
In the West, cool, showery weather prevails across northern areas, where some producers are utilizing freeze-protection measures for blooming fruits. Fieldwork is advancing in California and the Southwest.
A brief period of dry weather will aid storm recovery efforts across the Southeast and allow flood mitigation measures to proceed in the Mid-South and the lower Ohio Valley. However, a new storm system crossing the northern Plains and upper Midwest will bring a renewed threat of heavy showers and locally strong thunderstorms to storm- and flood-ravaged areas on over the weekend.
Farther west, cool air trailing the storm may result in early-May freezes as far south as the central High Plains.
Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will persist from California to the southern High Plains and the Rio Grande Valley, while cool, showery weather will plague the northern Plains and the Northwest.
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 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.