Across the Corn Belt, rain is slowing or halting spring fieldwork across central and eastern areas. Meanwhile, snow-melt flooding continues to worsen in parts of the upper Midwest, including the Red River Valley.
On the Plains, snow is blanketing parts of Montana, while warm, dry weather prevails across central and southern portions of the region. Many pastures and winter grains in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas remain severely stressed by drought.
In the South, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, but rain is needed—especially in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and parts of the southern Atlantic region—to ease stress on a variety of crops, including pastures and recently emerged summer crops.
In the West, cool, unsettled weather prevails. Unusually heavy precipitation for this time of year is spreading across southern California and parts of the Southwest, including drought-stricken Arizona.
During the weekend, showery weather will gradually diminish across the West, while warmth will expand across most areas from the Plains to the Atlantic Coast. Weekend warmth will be particularly noteworthy across the Midwest, where high temperatures will exceed 80° throughout the central and southern Corn Belt.
By early next week, however, Midwestern warmth will be replaced by cool, wet conditions.
Elsewhere, a new round of precipitation will arrive early next week in the Northwest, but dry weather will return to California and the Southwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to below-normal precipitation nationwide, except for wetter-than-normal conditions in the Northeast, Northwest, and the southern Atlantic region. Meanwhile, below-normal temperatures across the North will contrast with warmer-than-normal weather in the South.