Across the Corn Belt, precipitation (rain and snow) is developing across northern areas. In the upper Midwest, where some lowland flooding has already developed, additional moisture is not welcome.
On the Plains, rain and snow showers accompany cold conditions across Montana and the Dakotas. Meanwhile on the central and southern Plains, warm, dry, breezy weather is maintaining stress on pastures and winter wheat. On March 20, more than half (56%) of the Texas winter wheat crop was rated in very poor to poor condition, along with 51% in Colorado, 43% in Oklahoma, and 37% in Kansas.
In the South, planting and other fieldwork activities continue under a warm, dry weather regime. By March 20, about one-third (33%) of the acreage intended for corn had been planted in Louisiana, along with 22% of the acreage intended for rice. Rain will soon be needed for pastures, winter grains, and summer crops in several areas, including the western Gulf Coast region and the southern Atlantic States.
In the West, cool but drier weather prevails in the wake of a departing storm. However, rain and snow showers linger in several areas, including the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest.
For the remainder of Tuesday, a significant storm will intensify across the upper Midwest. Snowfall of 4 inches or more can be expected in many areas from Montana to Michigan. By Wednesday, snow will spread into the northern Mid-Atlantic region. Storm-total precipitation could reach 1 to 2 inches in some areas from the Dakotas into the lower Great Lakes region.
Elsewhere, three more storms will arrive along the Pacific Coast by week’s end, maintaining exceptionally wet conditions in northern and central California. Dry weather will persist, however, across the nation’s southern tier.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal weather across the southern High Plains and the Southwest. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the Northwestern, Southeastern, and Mid-Atlantic States.