The 6-10 day precipitation forecast
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Across the Corn Belt, rain will linger through Friday morning in the Ohio Valley. Elsewhere, a return of dry weather follows Thursday’s widespread precipitation, which has significantly slowed or halted corn and soybean harvest activities.

On the Plains, rain and snow showers across the southern half of the region are slowing fieldwork but benefiting winter wheat. A portion of the wheat crop across the central and southern High Plains has been stressed by a lack of autumn precipitation and periodic sharp cold outbreaks. In contrast, mild, dry weather across the northern Plains is further eroding a patchy snow cover.

In the South, rain showers stretch from the Tennessee Valley into eastern Texas. Across the lower Southeast, however, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and late-season cotton, peanut, and soybean harvests.

In the West, dry weather prevails, except for lingering snow showers in the central Rockies. Despite the recent Southwestern storminess, more rain and snow will be needed to substantially dent precipitation deficits largely incurred during a sub-par monsoon season. Meanwhile, short-term precipitation deficits have developed in northern California and parts of the Northwest due to a delayed onset of widespread and sustained cold-season storminess.

During the next several days, much of the country will experience mild weather. By early next week, however, a much colder pattern will become established across the West. Meanwhile, widespread precipitation—mostly rain—will fall into the weekend across the South, East, and lower Midwest, with totals of 1 to 2 inches possible in some areas. Subsequently, a series of Pacific storms will begin to arrive in the Northwest. As a result, rain and snow shower activity will increase early next week in the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies, with precipitation eventually reaching the central Plains and the Midwest in advance of Thanksgiving.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for colder-than-normal conditions across the West and the northern High Plains, while above-normal temperatures will prevail from the southern half of the Plains into the Southeast. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal weather nearly nationwide should contrast with below-normal precipitation in southern Florida and western Washington. Southern California and the Southwest will have the greatest likelihood of wet weather.

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