The 5 Day Outlook Weather Map
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Across the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather prevails. Early Tuesday, some freezing drizzle and light snow showers are occurring downwind of the Great Lakes, mainly across Michigan. A mostly shallow snow cover remains on the ground in the upper Midwest; depths on January 11 included 4 inches in Des Moines, Iowa, and 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, though neither location has received measurable snow since late December.

On the Plains, chilly conditions linger across areas in Texas that received significant snowfall on January 10. In Lubbock, Texas, where 7.6 inches of snow fell on Sunday, Tuesday morning’s low temperature fell to 14°. Farther north, mild, windy weather is developing in advance of an approaching storm system. A warning for high winds has been issued for Montana’s high plains, where wind gusts later Tuesday could reach 70 to 90 mph.

In the South, rain is falling early today in portions of the southern Atlantic States. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region. Freezes were noted early Tuesday morning west of the Mississippi River, nearly to the Gulf Coast, excluding winter agricultural areas of Deep South Texas. In eastern Texas and northern Louisiana, a few slippery spots remain where recent snowfall has refrozen into icy patches.

In the West, a strong cold front is moving ashore along the northern Pacific Coast. The front is bearing heavy precipitation and high winds, leading to the possibility of flash flooding and power outages. Although the heaviest showers are falling from the Cascades westward, some precipitation has reached as far inland as the northern Rockies. Farther south, however, unfavorably dry weather persists along and southeast of a line from central California to Wyoming.

A high-wind event, accompanied by some rain and snow showers, will continue through mid-week across the northern Plains. Meanwhile, Northwestern storminess will subside, starting on Thursday. During the second half of the week, a cold front will sweep across the central and eastern U.S., bearing rain and snow showers, along with gusty winds. However, the air trailing the front will not be unusually cold for this time of year; weekend temperatures will remain below the freezing mark (below 32°) only in the Great Lakes region. Elsewhere, dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days across much of the southern U.S., stretching from central and southern California to the lower Mississippi Valley.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions across the lower Southeast. California and New England will have the greatest likelihood of experiencing warmth. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation in the mid-South and most areas west of the Rockies should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes region.

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

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