In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with rainy weather across eastern portions of the region. Final corn harvesting efforts remain on hold in Ohio and a few neighboring areas.
On the Plains, dry weather prevails, except for some snow showers across northern areas. Considerable snow remains on the ground in the wake of the central and southern Plains’ recent blizzard, with a depth of 6 inches noted Wednesday morning in Dodge City, Kansas.
In the South, dry weather has returned to areas from the Delta westward. Meanwhile, showers are sweeping across the Southeast, ending a period of warm, dry weather.
In the West, dry weather persists in the Pacific Coast States, but snow is developing in the northern Rockies. In Arizona, the cotton harvest was 85% complete by December 18, compared to the 5-year average of 91%.
Snow will continue to spread southward across the Rockies and adjacent High Plains, reaching New Mexico and western Texas by Friday. Meanwhile, two rounds of rain will affect the South and East, with mid- to late-week rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches expected in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States.
During the Holiday Weekend, additional precipitation may fall in parts of the South and East, with some snow possible on the storm’s western fringe. Weekend precipitation will also develop in the Pacific Northwest.
Elsewhere, cold air will settle across the southwestern and south-central U.S. during the next several days, while mostly dry weather will persist in California, the Great Basin, and the western Corn Belt.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the lower Southeast and parts of the Southwest. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Pacific Northwest and the southern Atlantic region