The 6-10 day temperature outlook
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Across the Corn Belt, cloudy but mild weather prevails. Patches of wintry precipitation—mostly light snow and freezing drizzle—are occurring in several areas, including the upper Midwest, leading to minor travel disruptions. In addition, foggy conditions are affecting portions of the middle Mississippi Valley and environs.

On the Plains, mild, dry weather dominates the region. However, a few rain and snow showers are developing across Montana’s high plains. Elsewhere, spotty drought persists in winter wheat-production areas of the central and southern High Plains, including portions of southwestern Kansas, western Oklahoma, and southeastern Colorado.

In the South, scattered showers are primarily affecting the southern Appalachians and the southern Atlantic region. Despite the cloudiness and showers, generally mild weather prevails. Elsewhere, last week’s rain provided some relief from dry conditions in the western Gulf Coast region, although drought concerns persist.

In the West, a few rain and snow showers extend inland across northern California and the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies and Intermountain region. Mild weather is limiting high-elevation snow accumulations, but heavier precipitation is quickly approaching the Pacific Northwest.

Bitterly cold conditions will remain largely absent from the continental U.S. during the next several days, although chilly air will briefly engulf the Northeast around mid-week. Meanwhile, storminess will remain mostly disorganized, except in the Northwest, where a series of Pacific disturbances will result in locally heavy precipitation. In fact, 5-day precipitation totals could reach 4 to 8 inches or more in Washington, west of the Cascades. Farther east, three poorly developed storms will cross the South, resulting in generally light precipitation from the central and southern Plains to the southern Atlantic Coast. A few spots, mainly near the Gulf Coast, could receive 5-day rainfall totals of an inch or more. On Tuesday, parts of the central and southern Plains may experience accumulating snow. Additional snow may develop at week’s end across portions of the East and Midwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in southern Florida and the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across the North and east of the Mississippi River should contrast with drier-than-normal weather in California, the Great Basin, and the central and southern Plains.

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