Across the Corn Belt, widespread precipitation (rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow) covers Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Significant flooding is underway in parts of the western Corn Belt, although recent cold weather has curbed runoff into swollen creeks and rivers.
On the Plains, warm weather in Texas and parts of Oklahoma contrasts with cold conditions farther north. For the second day in a row, local readings below 20° were noted as far south as the central High Plains.
In the South, precipitation (rain and freezing rain) is overspreading the northwestern corner of the region, including the Ozark Plateau. Elsewhere, dry weather favors planting and other spring fieldwork.
In the West, dry weather prevails in the Four Corners States. In contrast, widespread showers cover the remainder of the West. According to the California Department of Water Resources, the average water content of the Sierra Nevada snow pack stood at 44 inches (153 percent of normal) on March 23.
During the next 5 days, Pacific storms will continue to pound the West Coast. However, the focus of heavy precipitation will gradually shift from northern California into the Pacific Northwest. The storms will quickly move eastward, crossing the nation’s mid-section before reaching the East Coast. Drought-easing precipitation may fall in several areas from the central Plains into the Southeast, while snow will accumulate from the western Corn Belt to the central Appalachians.
Farther south, however, dry conditions will persist across the southern High Plains and the Southwest.
Elsewhere, a cool weather pattern will cover the nation, except across the Deep South.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for colder-than-normal weather from the Plains to the East Coast, while near- to above-normal temperatures will prevail in the West. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal conditions in the Southeast and Northwest will contrast with below-normal precipitation in a broad area stretching from the Southwest to New England.