The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, snow showers are mostly confined to the Great Lakes region. Cold, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. However, fields have not yet frozen in the waterlogged eastern Corn Belt, largely preventing a return to corn harvesting and other late-season fieldwork.
On the Plains, mild air is overspreading Montana, but chilly conditions persist elsewhere.
Across the Corn Belt, corn harvesting and other late-season fieldwork remains on indefinite hold in Ohio and neighboring areas due to waterlogged fields and the return of heavy rain.
On the Plains, very cold weather prevails. Sub-zero readings were reported Monday morning on the northern High Plains, although a shallow snow cover is providing winter wheat with some insulation.
A strong storm system to the southeast will slowly track northeastward, bringing periods of rain today. As the system begins to move away, a stout northerly wind will usher-in cold air and change the rain to a brief period of wet snow this evening. Accumulations on colder surfaces of an inch or less is possible, and mostly confined to areas near or just east of Interstate 57.
Across the Corn Belt, rain is confined to the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, where final corn harvesting efforts have once again stalled. Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather prevails.
On the Plains, dry weather prevails.
Locally, windy and unusually mild weather develops Friday, with highs either-side of 60-degrees. The next system will bring with it more seasonal temperatures and periods of rain during Saturday and Sunday. Generally drier weather returns for much of next week.
On the Plains, recent warm, dry weather promoted some late-season winter wheat development.
The first half of the weekend should continue dry, while trending milder, as a stout south wind gets even stronger. Shower chances will increase on Sunday as a weak cool front approaches from the west.
Elsewhere, cool, stormy weather will engulf parts of the West.