The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, National Weather Service Frost and Freeze warnings were in effect early Thursday in parts of the middle Ohio Valley. Farther north, late-season snow continues to accumulate in portions of the upper Great Lakes region. Throughout the Midwest, cool weather is limiting spring fieldwork.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather has returned to the Great Lakes region, but near- to above-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the Midwest. Rain showers are mostly confined to two small areas: parts of Ohio and the upper Mississippi Valley.
On the Plains, unusually cold weather persists from Nebraska northward. Farther south, showers and thunderstorms are developing across the southeastern Plains, but warm, dry, windy conditions persist on the southern High Plains.
Across the Corn Belt, snow lingers across parts of Minnesota and northern Wisconsin, while a few rain showers are crossing Michigan and Ohio. Midwestern winter wheat appears to be emerging from dormancy in reasonably good shape, with nearly half (47%) of the Illinois crop rated in good to excellent condition on March 30.
On the Plains, cold weather prevails, except for some lingering warmth in Texas. Patches of light snow are affecting the northern and central Plains, while a few rain showers are developing in central Texas.
Across the Corn Belt, snow remains on the ground in many areas from Minnesota to Michigan. In Michigan, Lansing has had at least an inch of snow on the ground for 106 consecutive days, breaking a record set in 1962-63. Cold weather prevails throughout the Midwest, even in areas with no remaining snow cover. Some patches of light snow are overspreading the western Corn Belt.
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.