A strong storm system to the southeast will slowly track northeastward, bringing periods of rain today. As the system begins to move away, a stout northerly wind will usher-in cold air and change the rain to a brief period of wet snow this evening. Accumulations on colder surfaces of an inch or less is possible, and mostly confined to areas near or just east of Interstate 57.
Across the Corn Belt, rain is confined to the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, where final corn harvesting efforts have once again stalled. Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather prevails.
On the Plains, dry weather prevails.
Locally, windy and unusually mild weather develops Friday, with highs either-side of 60-degrees. The next system will bring with it more seasonal temperatures and periods of rain during Saturday and Sunday. Generally drier weather returns for much of next week.
On the Plains, recent warm, dry weather promoted some late-season winter wheat development.
Locally, the chance of rain will increase tonight and tomorrow in conjunction with a passing cold front.
Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing storm. Low temperatures ranged from 5 to 10° Thursday morning in much of the northwestern Corn Belt.
Across the state over the past week, soybean harvest increased by only one percentage point from the previous week to 98 percent.
The first half of the weekend should continue dry, while trending milder, as a stout south wind gets even stronger. Shower chances will increase on Sunday as a weak cool front approaches from the west.
Elsewhere, cool, stormy weather will engulf parts of the West.
Across the Corn Belt, lingering snow showers are mostly confined to the eastern Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, cool, dry weather prevails. Fieldwork delays persist in parts of the eastern Corn Belt, including Ohio, where 83% of the acreage intended for winter wheat had been planted by November 6.
The statewide average precipitation for October in Illinois was 1.79 inches, 1.12 below average. This was the 21st driest October on record for the state, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting late-season fieldwork in the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, dry weather has returned to the southern and eastern Corn Belt, although wet fields continue to hamper winter wheat planting and corn and soybean harvesting.