The 6-10 day temperature outlook
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Across the Corn Belt, snow is accumulating early Friday from southeastern Iowa to northwestern Ohio. Meanwhile, a chilly rain is falling across parts of the southern Corn Belt. Friday morning’s low temperatures fell below 20º in far western sections of the Corn Belt, including parts of Nebraska.

On the Plains, a new surge of cold air is pushing southward, following Thursday’s storm system. That storm produced widespread snow in Nebraska, with official totals reaching 3.8 inches in Grand Island, 4.5 inches in Lincoln, and 5.0 inches in Omaha.  Early Friday, cold, windy weather has returned across the central and southern Plains, with freezes reported as far south as the northern panhandle of Texas. 

In the South, Frost and Freeze Warnings were in effect early Friday in much of North Carolina and Virginia, as well as portions of neighboring states. The cold weather continues to threaten a variety of freeze-sensitive crops, including blooming fruits. Meanwhile, milder air has overspread the mid-South, which experienced freezes earlier this week.

In the West, mild, dry weather in the Pacific Northwest favors fieldwork and crop development. Near- or below-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the region, accompanied by mostly dry weather. A few showers are developing, however, along the coast of central California.

For the remainder of Friday, a late-season snowstorm will move from the Midwest into the Northeast, with accumulations expected from northern sections of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio into parts of southern New England. During the weekend, the focus for significant precipitation will shift into the Southeast, where rainfall could total 2 to 4 inches or more from the Mississippi Delta into Georgia and South Carolina. In contrast, little or no precipitation will fall during the next 5 days in the Southwest and upper Midwest. Elsewhere, cold conditions will gradually ease in many areas, although below-normal temperatures will persist at least into early next week across the Midwest and Northeast.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for lingering colder-than-normal conditions from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast, while warmer-than-normal weather will cover the Plains, South, and West. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation nearly nationwide, particularly in the Southeast, should contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in California and the western Great Basin

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