Across the Corn Belt, snow is returning to parts of Minnesota and eastern North Dakota. A little bit of snow is also falling in Ohio. Most of the remainder of the Midwest is getting a taste of spring, with temperatures expected to reach 70° later Friday in the middle Mississippi Valley.
On the Plains, cold, windy weather is returning to Montana and the Dakotas, accompanied by some light snow. Farther south, unfavorably dry conditions persist on the southern High Plains, despite an increase in cloudiness. In addition, warmth lingers for a final day from Texas to eastern Kansas.
In the South, warm, dry weather favors some spring fieldwork, at least where soils are warm and dry enough. Soil temperatures are high enough to support corn development only across the Deep South, where Georgia’s crop was 9% planted by March 16.
In the West, dry weather prevails. However, cool conditions in the Northwest contrast with warm weather from California to the southern Rockies. The Sierra Nevada snowpack, which currently contains just 7 inches of water (25% of the late-March normal), has begun to melt.
A rather tranquil weather pattern will become more active during the weekend, with rain developing across the South and cold weather returning to nearly all areas east of the Rockies. Early next week, much uncertainty remains regarding the development of an East Coast storm. Regardless of its coastal evolution, the nascent storm will produce some snow early next week from the northern Plains into the Midwest. Beyond that, a significant snow storm remains a possibility on March 25-26 in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern States, particularly along the Atlantic Seaboard. Farther west, dry weather will persist at least into the middle of next week from southern California to the southern High Plains. In addition, California will experience unusually warm weather.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail from California to the central and southern High Plains. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across most of the country will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from the central and southern Plains into the Southwest.