Across the Corn Belt, cloudiness and a few rain showers linger across the Great Lakes region. Dry, breezy weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. The weekend storm system produced widespread Midwestern precipitation, leaving many fields and feedlots very wet and muddy. In addition, isolated tornadoes were observed late Saturday as far north as Iowa, northern Illinois, and southwestern Wisconsin.
On the Plains, rain showers are limited to parts of southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather prevails. Snow that fell on the High Plains last Friday—for example, 2.8 inches in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and 1.0 inch in Denver, Colorado—quickly melted during the weekend as mild conditions returned. Elsewhere, an orderly melt season continues in eastern North Dakota, where snow has been on the ground since around Thanksgiving.
In the South, weekend thunderstorms produced pockets of damage across interior sections of the region. In northeastern Arkansas, several tornadoes were spotted on Saturday afternoon. Currently, clouds and scattered rain showers are returning in advance of an approaching storm system. However, the Deep South—including Florida and areas along the Gulf Coast—remain unfavorably dry and very warm.
In the West, a storm system approaching the Pacific Northwest is producing locally heavy precipitation and high-elevation snow. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather stretches from central and southern California to the southern Rockies.
A storm system departing the Great Lakes region will continue to move eastward. Meanwhile two new disturbances—one over the southern Rockies and the other approaching the Pacific Northwest—will generate pockets of unsettled weather. The Southern storm will cross the southern Atlantic Coast by mid-week; storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches or more (excluding Florida’s peninsula). The Northern system will contribute to several days of unsettled weather from the Northwest to the nation’s mid-section, followed by a surge of chilly air. Some of the heaviest precipitation (1 to 2 inches or more) may fall from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies and upper Midwest. At higher elevations of the Northwest, precipitation will fall as snow. Late in the week, some snow may also accumulate across the northern Plains and far upper Midwest. In contrast, dry weather will prevail through week’s end from southern California to the southern Rockies.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures across the Deep South and the Atlantic Coast States, while cooler-than-normal conditions will stretch from the Pacific Northwest to the Plains and upper Midwest. Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation from the Rockies to the East Coast should contrast with drier-than-normal weather in the Far West.