Warmer, wetter days ahead...
A weak disturbance will bring a chance of thunderstorms Saturday. Another round of thunderstorms is possible Sunday Night. Portions of the Illinois, Wabash, Little Wabash and Embarras Rivers will remain above flood stage through the weekend.
Across the rest of the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is permitting a limited amount of corn planting in western areas, including parts of Iowa, Nebraska, and northern Missouri. However, most fieldwork remains stalled across the northern and eastern Corn Belt, with rain showers occurring in the latter region.
On the Plains, chilly weather persists across northern areas, where spring wheat planting and other fieldwork operations have been significantly delayed. Meanwhile, the return of very warm, dry, breezy weather to the central and southern High Plains is maintaining severe stress on pastures and winter wheat.
In the South, light showers are confined to Kentucky, Tennessee, and the southern Atlantic region. Elsewhere, cool but mostly dry weather favors fieldwork, except in flooded portions of the Mid-South.
In the West, scattered showers dot northern areas, where cool conditions linger. Meanwhile, very warm, dry weather favors fieldwork from California into the Southwest.
During the weekend, a series of disturbances will maintain a chance of showers from the Midwest into the Northeast.
Early next week, a major storm system will develop over the central U.S., resulting in heavy precipitation from the northern Plains into the upper Midwest. Warmth will briefly surge across the Midwest during the storm’s approach. By the middle of next week, however, showers and thunderstorms will return to the flood-affected lower Ohio Valley.
Meanwhile, mostly dry weather will prevail into next week across the southern High Plains and the Southwest, as well as the central Gulf Coast region.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and much of the Midwest, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in the Four Corners region and parts of the Southeast. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal conditions in the Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic States will contrast with near- to below-normal precipitation in the Deep South and across the western half of the U.S.