Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are mostly confined to the Ohio Valley. Meanwhile, phenomenal early-season warmth continues to promote an extremely rapid pace of soft red winter wheat development.
On the Plains, record-setting warmth prevails, especially across northern and central areas. Later Friday, much of the region will experience highs above 80°. Rain is needed on the southern High Plains to ease stress on pastures and winter grains, and moisture will soon be needed on the northern Plains.
In the South, warm, dry weather prevails, except for some thundershowers across interior portions of the region. Development of crops such as fruits and winter wheat remains far ahead of schedule. Meanwhile, irrigation demands remain heavy across Florida’s drought-affected peninsula.
In the West, the latest in a series of Pacific storms is producing widespread rain and snow showers in northern California and the Northwest. In advance of the storminess, mild, breezy conditions prevail across the central and southern Rockies and the Southwest.
Record-setting warmth will continue to dominate many areas from the Plains to the East Coast. Weekend temperatures may reach 90° across parts of the Plains and South, possibly as far north as western South Dakota. In contrast, cold weather will encompass the West, with cooler-than-normal conditions reaching the High Plains by early next week.
Meanwhile, a significant, slow-moving storm will cross southern California and the Southwest before reaching the south-central U.S. early next week. Storm-related threats across the southern Plains and the Southwest will include high winds, an enhanced wildfire threat, and severe thunderstorms. Flooding rains may develop early next week from the southeastern Plains into the Mid-South.
Elsewhere, heavy precipitation will gradually subside across northern California and the Northwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures from the Plains to the East Coast, while colder-than-normal weather will be mostly confined to the Pacific Coast States. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from the Desert Southwest to the Intermountain West, and in the East from the Carolinas to Maine.