The 6-10 day precipitation forecast
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Across the Corn Belt, wintry precipitation—including light snow and freezing drizzle—lingers from Illinois eastward. Meanwhile, cold, dry air has settled across snow-covered sections of the upper Midwest, where Thursday morning’s low temperatures locally fell to near 0°.

On the Plains, snow has ended but remains on the ground from west-central Texas to eastern Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas. Official snowfall totals for February 5 included 5.7 inches in Midland, Texas, and 4.6 inches in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Meanwhile, patches of light snow are developing across the northern Plains.

In the South, light snow is falling early Thursday in parts of Arkansas. Farther east, torrential rain is sparking flash flooding from the southern Appalachians to the central Gulf Coast. Strong to severe thunderstorms accompany the leading edge of the heavy rain. Late Wednesday and early Thursday, several tornadoes were reported in Mississippi.

In the West, Pacific moisture continues to spread inland across the Northwest toward the northern and central Rockies. Flooding remains a threat in western Washington, while snow and high winds are plaguing portions of the northern Intermountain West. In California and the Southwest, dry weather accompanies a gradual warming trend.

A storm system currently centered over the southern Appalachians will move northeastward and further intensify, reaching coastal New England by late Friday. Additional Eastern rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches, while another round of severe thunderstorms will sweep toward the southern Atlantic Coast later today. Wintry precipitation will linger Thursday in the eastern Corn Belt and continue through Friday across the interior Northeast. Meanwhile, Northwestern storminess will continue into the first half of the weekend before the storm track shifts southward. Parts of California and the Southwest may receive beneficial precipitation early next week. Elsewhere, weekend snow will blanket portions of the northern Plains and upper Midwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of below-normal temperatures along and west of a line from western Texas to Lake Superior, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail across the South, East, and lower Midwest. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation in northern California and peninsular Florida should contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions 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."