Soggy fields across the southern Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mild weather prevails. Rain is falling in the Ohio Valley, maintaining soggy conditions in much of the soft red winter wheat belt.

On the Plains, isolated showers linger across northeastern Texas, but mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the nation's mid-section. On the northern Plains, mild, breezy conditions have eroded winter wheat's protective snow cover.

In the South, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are sweeping across the lower Mississippi Valley. Meanwhile, a steady rain is falling in areas farther north, including parts of the Tennessee Valley. Unfavorably dry conditions persist, however, in the southern Atlantic region.

In the West, mild, unfavorably dry weather has returned from central California to the western slopes of the central Rockies following recent much-needed precipitation. Warm, dry weather also prevails in the Southwest. Meanwhile, showery weather continues from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies.

A storm system will move northeastward from the Delta, generating moderate to heavy rain from eastern Texas into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic States. Farther north, a wintry mix is possible in the Northeast, although heavy snow will be confined to northern New England. Despite the widespread soaking, only light rain is anticipated across Florida and the southern Atlantic Coastal Plain.

Elsewhere, periods of rain and snow will continue in the Northwest, but mostly dry weather will prevail from California into the Southwest, and from the northern and central Plains into the upper Midwest.

Sharply colder weather will surge into the Midwest and Northeast over the weekend.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for calls for above-normal temperatures over much of the contiguous U.S., with cooler-than-normal conditions confined to southern Florida. Drier-than-normal weather is expected from the central and southern Rockies into California and from the southern Delta to the southern Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation is anticipated from the central Corn Belt into the Great Lakes region.

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