The 6-10 day temperature outlook
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Across the Corn Belt, a departing storm system is producing some light snow across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Travel disruptions persist in several areas of the Midwest, following weekend (January 30-31) snowfall that totaled 3.3 inches in Moline, Illinois and 10.8 inches in Chicago.

On the Plains, dry weather prevails. In addition, warmer-than-normal weather covers the High Plains. As a result, the central High Plains’ snow cover is quickly eroding. In fact, lingering snow coverage is largely limited to the eastern Dakotas, central and eastern Nebraska, and parts of northern Kansas.

In the South, scattered showers are ending across Florida’s peninsula, which overall experienced a very dry January. Meanwhile, snow is falling across portions of the southern Appalachians and neighboring areas. The remainder of the South is experiencing cool, dry, breezy weather.

In the West, mild weather has returned between storms. However, rain and snow showers associated with a new Pacific storm system are overspreading the Northwest. In recent days, snowpack in California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest has markedly improved but remains mostly below average for this time of year.

A slow-moving and powerful winter storm currently centered near the middle Atlantic Coast will drift northeastward toward New England, remaining just offshore through Tuesday. Significant, wind-driven snow will accumulate through the remainder of Monday from the mid-Atlantic to southern New England, with snow continuing through Tuesday in parts of New York and New England. The wintry weather could lead to major travel disruptions and possible power outages. By mid-week, the storm will move into the Canadian Maritimes and begin to weaken. Meanwhile, a new Pacific storm system will arrive in the West. Although not as strong as the previous system, the new storm may provide some additional drought relief, especially from northern California to the central Rockies. During the second half of the week, a cold front will push southeastward across the Rockies, Plains, and Midwest, accompanied by rain and snow. Notably, heavy snow may blanket parts of the upper Midwest on Thursday. In the front’s wake, sharply colder air will engulf the Plains and Midwest, with late-week temperatures likely plunging below 0° throughout the north-central U.S.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of colder-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near- or above-normal temperatures along the Atlantic Seaboard. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation in the Pacific Coast States should contrast with near- or above-normal precipitation across the remainder of the country.

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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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