Fair weather across most of the Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near-normal temperatures prevail. Eastern Corn Belt producers with corn left in the field continue to wait for saturated soils to freeze before proceeding with harvest.
On the Plains, chilly conditions across southern areas contrast with mild, dry weather farther north. Wheat is overwintering with few major concerns, except for lingering drought on the southern High Plains.
In the South, rain is falling from the northern Delta into Kentucky, Tennessee, and northern Alabama. Meanwhile, warm, dry weather favors late-season Southeastern fieldwork, including soybean harvesting.
In the West, dry weather prevails. Chilly conditions linger in southern California and the Southwest, but mild air is spreading inland from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. The wet season has been very slow to start in California and the Great Basin, leading to concerns about pasture and rangeland conditions.
A batch of rain moving across the Southeast will clear the Atlantic Coast by early Saturday. Meanwhile, temperatures will quickly rebound to above-normal levels across the nation’s mid-section, with warm weather returning to the East by early next week.
Farther west, however, weekend freezes may occur in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Precipitation will develop across the south-central U.S. by Monday and become locally heavy.
Early next week, significant rain will also spread into the Mid-South and parts of the Southeast, while some wet snow will accumulate in the Corn Belt.
Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days across Florida’s peninsula and from northern and central California to the northern Plains and upper Midwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for colder-than-normal conditions from the Four Corners region to the western Gulf Coast region. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation from southern Texas into the Southeast will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from the Pacific Coast to the central and southern Plains.