Across the Corn Belt, light snow is falling early Thursday in parts of southern Iowa, northern Missouri, and central Illinois. Elsewhere, cold, dry weather prevails, with freezes reported Thursday morning in nearly all areas of the Midwest. Readings below 20º were common early Thursday in the upper Midwest, extending as far south as northern Iowa—and snow remains on the ground in parts of the northern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, snow is accumulating this Thursday in an area centered across northeastern Colorado, western Nebraska, and southeastern Wyoming. Below-normal temperatures persist throughout the nation’s mid-section, with Thursday morning’s low temperatures falling below 20º across portions of the northern Plains. Across the southern half of the Plains, winter wheat producers are starting to assess the effects of the April 13-15 freezes.
In the South, early Thursday, widespread freezes in Kentucky and environs further threatened heading winter wheat, blooming fruits, and emerging summer crops. A low temperature of 25º was reported in Lexington, Kentucky. Frost was noted as far south as northern sections of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
In the West, snow is primarily confined to the central Rockies and adjacent areas of the Intermountain region. Chilly conditions persist across interior sections of the West, while warmth is confined to areas along and near the Pacific Coast.
For the remainder of Thursday, a late-season snowstorm will continue to unfold across the nation’s mid-section, with accumulations expected across the central Rockies and from Nebraska into southern Iowa and northern Missouri. By Friday, wintry precipitation will gradually end across the Midwest, while snow should spread into parts of New York and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, rain will return during the weekend across the South, where 1 to 3 inches may occur from the Mississippi Delta into Georgia and the Carolinas. In contrast, little or no precipitation will fall during the next 5 days in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, and the north-central U.S. Elsewhere, cold conditions will gradually ease in many areas, with above-normal temperatures arriving by early next week throughout the Northwest and across the northern half of the Plains.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast, while warmer-than-normal weather will cover the Deep South and areas from the Pacific Coast to the Plains. Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation will prevail nationwide, with the greatest likelihood of wet conditions in the Southeast.