Across the Corn Belt, a brief spell of warmth in the Ohio Valley contrasts with unusually cold weather elsewhere. A mixture of rain and snow accompanies the latest cold surge, aggravating lowland flooding. Fieldwork remains at a virtual standstill, with corn planting just 1% complete by April 21 in Illinois and Indiana.
On the Plains, very cold weather prevails.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms continue Friday morning over the Ohio Valley along the cold front that swept through the Midwest overnight. Flood Warnings are still active from Missouri to Michigan, following soaking rain (local amounts in excess of 5 inches).
Across the Corn Belt, snow is falling across the far upper Midwest, including the Red River Valley. Elsewhere, isolated rain showers are occurring in the vicinity of a cold front stretching from Michigan to Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, although most if not all fieldwork remains on hold, soil moisture levels have markedly improved in the upper Midwestern drought areas.
On the Plains, temperatures have moderated from the very low readings observed on April 10-11.
Across the Corn Belt, a low-pressure system crossing the Mississippi Valley is producing widespread rain showers. Early Monday, some of the heaviest rain fell across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
During the weekend, dry weather will return to the South, while showers will spread across the nation’s northern tier.
By early next week, a new storm system will develop across the nation’s mid-section, with significant precipitation possible across the Plains and Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, unusually cold conditions persist. Tuesday morning’s low temperatures generally ranged from around 10° in the far upper Midwest to near the freezing mark in the lower Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool, breezy conditions persist. March temperatures averaged more than 10° below normal in the far upper Midwest, including the Red River communities of Grand Forks (11.0° below normal) and Fargo, North Dakota (10.5° below normal).
Across the Corn Belt, temperatures continue to slowly rebound, but remain at mostly near- to below-normal levels. In addition, breezy conditions have finally subsided. A few rain showers are developing across the southern fringe of the Midwest, mainly in parts of Missouri.
On the Plains, mostly dry weather accompanied a warming trend. A few rain showers dot the southeastern Plains.
The cold winter continued, with rain and snow covering much of the state during the past month.
Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal. Precipitation was slightly below normal statewide, with the drier districts being across central Illinois. The cold and wet conditions have been not been beneficial to spring calving.