Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, except for snow showers downwind of Lake Superior. However, fieldwork delays persist in the wake of recent rainfall. Substantial corn remains to be harvested in the northern Corn Belt, with at least half of the crop still in the field by November 3 in Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.
On the Plains, dry weather is promoting fieldwork in many areas, although snow remains on the ground in parts of South Dakota and Nebraska. Across the northern and central Plains, temperatures are rebounding to near- or above-normal levels, fostering winter wheat growth. However, Freeze Warnings and Frost Advisories were in effect early Thursday on the southern Plains, where cool conditions linger. In addition, soil moisture shortages remain a concern with respect to winter wheat establishment on the southern High Plains.
In the South, scattered showers are causing minor fieldwork delays from the Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast. Cool, dry air is arriving west of the Appalachians. Freeze warnings are in effect early today in parts of northern and western Arkansas.
In the West, stormy weather is overspreading areas from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. Across the remainder of the region, from California to the Four Corners States, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork.
For the remainder of Thursday, a weakening cold front will generate scattered showers across the eastern U.S. Meanwhile, a Pacific storm will arrive in the Northwest. During the next several days, the storm will traverse the nation’s northern tier, resulting in generally light rain and snow. However, storm totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail across the southern two-thirds of the U.S., except in southern sections of Florida and Texas. Early next week, a surge of cold air will arrive across the Midwest and Northeast.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Pacific Coast States and the Northeast. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal weather in the Southwest and central and southern portions of the High Plains.