Pleasant Spring weather across much of the Midwest...

Pleasant Spring weather across much of the Midwest...

Across the Corn Belt, showers linger in the Ohio Valley. Meanwhile, warm weather is returning to the western Corn Belt, although lowland flooding persists in parts of the upper Midwest.

On the Plains, mild, dry weather prevails, except for a lingering chill across Montana. The condition of pastures and winter wheat continues to deteriorate on the central and southern Plains.

In the South, mild, dry weather prevails in the drought-stricken western Gulf Coast region, where rain is badly needed for pastures and emerging, dry land summer crops. Meanwhile, showers continue in parts of the Southeast, with the heaviest rain falling in Kentucky.

In the West, mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. Fieldwork continues in California and the Southwest, albeit at a slower-than-normal pace.

For the remainder of the week, an active weather pattern will prevail across the North and from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the Pacific Northwest and from the Mid-South and Midwest into the Northeast.

In particular, a late-week storm could result in heavy, wet snow accumulations across the western Corn Belt. In contrast, no rain will fall through week’s end from southern California to the southern half of the Plains. Late in the week, chilly air will settle across the nation’s mid-section before spreading into the South and East.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal weather in southern Florida and from California to the lower Rio Grande Valley. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from southern California to the southern High Plains. 

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