Snow cover still dominates much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, temperatures remain at near- or below-normal levels, despite a warming trend in recent days. A cold front is crossing the upper Midwest—accompanied by snow showers—bringing a return to cold, breezy weather. More than a foot of snow remains on the ground in parts of the northern Corn Belt, with 16 inches reported Friday morning in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 19 inches in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails, despite an increase in cloudiness. Cold air is overspreading the northern Plains, but warm, breezy conditions are maintaining stress on the southern Plains’ winter wheat.

In the South, a storm system is producing mostly a cold rain in the southern Atlantic States, although some wintry precipitation (sleet and freezing rain) is occurring in piedmont sections of the southern Mid-Atlantic region. Most fieldwork remains on hold due to persistently cool conditions in recent weeks.

In the West, drier weather prevails across the region’s northern tier, although rain and snow showers linger across the northern Rockies. Farther south, unfavorably warm, dry weather covers California, but a few rain and snow showers are developing across the Intermountain West.

For the remainder of Friday, precipitation will occur as a disturbance crosses the central and southern Rockies. On Saturday, precipitation (rain and snow) will overspread the south-central U.S., with rain lingering through the weekend across southern Texas. Also during the weekend, wet weather will return to the Northwest, with precipitation expected to spread as far south as northern California. The combination of wet weather and melting snow will lead to river rises and possible flooding from Washington to Montana. Most of the nation will experience warmer-than-normal weather early next week, followed by a subsequent return to cold conditions in many areas east of the Rockies.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across the eastern two-thirds of the nation, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in the West. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across much of the western and central U.S., including California, will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in southern Florida, southern portions of the Rockies and High Plains, and a broad area stretching from the Great Lakes region into the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States.

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