Monday early-morning snow depths include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul and 3 inches in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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Across the Corn Belt, cold, mostly cloudy weather lingers. Substantial snow covers roughly the northern half of the Midwest, putting late-season corn and soybean harvesting on an indefinite hold. Monday early-morning snow depths include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 3 inches in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition, most fields in the southern Corn Belt are too wet to support fieldwork activities, following recent heavy rain.

On the Plains, snow covers roughly the northern half of the region in the wake of back-to-back storms. The snow has halted late-season harvest efforts but is providing insulation for winter wheat. Monday early-morning snow depths include 8 inches in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and 5 inches in Billings, Montana. Meanwhile on the southern Plains, dry weather accompanies a gradual warming trend, favoring cotton harvesting and other late-autumn fieldwork.

In the South, short-term dryness continues to intensify in several areas, including southern sections of Florida and Texas. In contrast, recent downpours have left fields soggy across much of the interior Southeast, including the Tennessee Valley and the northern Mississippi Delta, slowing or halting final harvest efforts for crops such as cotton and soybeans.

In the West, a storm system lurking offshore near the Pacific coast is producing locally heavy rain and high-elevation snow in northern and central California. Precipitation also extends inland across portions of the northern Intermountain West. Elsewhere, Thanksgiving week precipitation provided substantial drought relief in parts of the Southwest.

During the next few days, much of the country will experience a gradual warming trend. Meanwhile, a storm system near the West Coast will drift inland by mid-week, delivering widespread precipitation across California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 4 inches or more in parts of northern and central California. Farther east, a storm system near the northern Atlantic Coast will continue to produce significant Northeastern precipitation and wind through Tuesday. Subsequently, much of the central and eastern U.S. will experience a period of tranquil weather, although rain showers may return across the South late in the week.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures and precipitation across most of the country. Warmth will be most likely on the central Plains, while drier-than-normal weather should be limited to portions of the northern and central Plains and the Midwest.

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Greg Soulje, a professional meteorologist since 1985, offers national agricultural weather forecasts via "This Week in Agribusiness."