Much warmer weather will be on tap over the weekend, with temperatures climbing into the lower 80s by Sunday. A strong cold front will approach from the west by late in the day, potentially triggering a round of strong to severe thunderstorms Sunday night.
Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is falling across northern areas, including southern portions of Wisconsin and Michigan. Some pre-planting preparations are underway, especially in the southern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. A limited amount of fieldwork is underway; for example, 6% of Iowa’s oat crop was planted by April 3, compared to 25% at the same time last year.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and locally severe thunderstorms precede and accompany the passage of a strong cold front. The heaviest rain is falling from Ohio into southeastern Missouri. Windy, colder conditions trail the cold front across the western Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, light precipitation (rain and snow) is falling in parts of the upper Mississippi Valley. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest.