Across the Corn Belt, mild, sunny weather dominates much of the Midwest. However, unwelcome, heavy rain will overspread the middle Mississippi and Ohio Valleys by Friday morning.
On the Plains, a wintery mix of precipitation is moving into the northern and central Plains, hindering fieldwork and increasing problems with local flooding. Warm, dry, and breezy weather persists on the southern High Plains, maintaining stress on hard red winter wheat and elevating the risk of wildfires.
In the South, showers and thunderstorms are advancing across the Delta, but drier weather is expected to continue along the Gulf Coast. Scattered showers and thunderstorms may develop later in the Southeast.
In the West, rain and snow showers linger in Intermountain areas, though warmth and dryness persist in drought-affected sections of Arizona and New Mexico. Cotton and rice planting advances in California.
Over the next few days, a developing Midwestern storm system will generate cool, wet weather over the Nation’s mid-section, worsening flooding of low-lying farmlands and hindering summer plantings. Rainfall in excess of 3 inches is expected through Saturday along the Ohio River, and more than 1 inch is forecast for parts of the Dakotas, including the Red River Valley.
In contrast, mostly dry conditions are expected to continue along the Gulf Coast and in the Southeast, and no rain is forecast for the foreseeable future from southern California to the southern High Plains.
Meanwhile, rain and snow showers are expected to linger through the weekend throughout the Northwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook depicts near-to above-normal rainfall across much of the Nation, with a high likelihood of continuing wetness in the Pacific Northwest and Midwest. Dry conditions will likely persist in the Southwest from California to the lower Rio Grande Valley. Above-normal temperatures are forecast for the East, and in southern California, while cooler conditions are expected in the Northwest and throughout much of the Great Plains.