Spring fieldwork on hold across much of the Midwest...

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms stretch from Ohio into southeastern Missouri. During the weekend, isolated tornadoes caused extensive damage in several communities in Iowa and Wisconsin. Spring fieldwork remains on hold in much of the Midwest due to recent and ongoing rainfall.

On the Plains, overnight Sunday into Monday showers and thunderstorms developed mainly east of the primary hard red winter wheat belt. As a result, drought-stressed pastures and winter grains in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas are still in desperate need of moisture.

In the South, a strong cold front—accompanied by showers and thunderstorms—is crossing Arkansas and eastern Texas. In the Southeast, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork and crop development.

In the West, scattered rain and snow showers are returning to Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Fieldwork is advancing across the remainder of the West, although cool conditions linger.

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 into the Northeast.  In contrast, no rain will fall this week from southern California to the southern half of the Plains.

Late in the week, chilly air will settle across the nation’s midsection before spreading to the south and east.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal weather in southern California and the Southwest. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across the central and southern High Plains and the Southwest will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the Northwest and across the eastern one-third of the U.S. 

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