Winter-like on parts of the Plains, upper Midwest
Across the Corn Belt, corn harvesting and other late-season fieldwork remains on indefinite hold in Ohio and neighboring areas due to waterlogged fields and the return of heavy rain.
On the Plains, very cold weather prevails. Sub-zero readings were reported Monday morning on the northern High Plains, although a shallow snow cover is providing winter wheat with some insulation. Meanwhile on the southern Plains, lingering snow is providing winter grains with beneficial moisture. Monday morning’s snow depths included 6 inches in Goodland, Kansas; 2 inches in Glasgow, Montana; and 1 inch in Lubbock, Texas.
In the South, rainy weather has pushed eastward into the lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the Tennessee Valley, but late-autumn fieldwork continues in the southern Atlantic States under a warm, dry weather regime.
In the West, cold, dry weather prevails, except for lingering snow in the southern Rockies. Freeze warnings were in effect Monday morning throughout California’s Central Valley, necessitating the use of protective measures for citrus and other temperature-sensitive crops.
Snow will end later Monday across southern portions of the Plains and Rockies, while rain will gradually shift into the East.
By mid-week, dry weather will return to the Ohio and lower Mississippi Valleys, but precipitation will linger into Thursday in the Mid-Atlantic States.
In the wake of the departing storm system, most of the U.S. will settle into a cold, dry weather pattern. Additional freezes may occur in California’s Central Valley, while mid-week temperatures could fall below 10° as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle.
By week’s end, however, mild conditions will overspread the northern Plains and the upper Midwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal weather in southern Florida. Cold weather will be most likely in the West. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in southern Texas and the upper Great Lakes region.