On the Plains, Friday morning’s low temperatures fell below 20 degrees as far south as Nebraska. However, warmer air is expanding across the northern High Plains. Dry weather favors summer crop harvesting but continues to threaten the proper establishment of the central and southern Plains’ winter wheat crop.
Across the Corn Belt, a few rain and snow showers linger downwind of the Great Lakes. Elsewhere, cold, dry weather prevails. Midwestern corn and soybean harvest activities are nearing completion, while drought remains a concern with respect to pastures and winter wheat in parts of the eastern Corn Belt.
In the South, cool but dry weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall. The rain was highly beneficial for drought-stressed pastures and newly planted winter grains.
In the West, record-setting warmth continues in advance of an approaching Pacific storm system. Warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork and late-season winter wheat development.
Rain will continue Friday in the Northeast, while snow showers will develop from the Great Lakes region to the central Appalachians.
During the weekend, chilly conditions will linger in the East, while warmth will expand across the nation’s mid-section. Meanwhile, precipitation will gradually overspread much of the West.
By early next week, much cooler air will arrive in the West, while precipitation will spread as far east as the northern Plains and the central Rockies.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail across the eastern half of the nation. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the Pacific Northwest, Rio Grande Valley, and Atlantic coastal plain.