5-day precipitation forecast
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Across the Corn Belt, rain and snow showers are occurring early Monday in the lower Great Lakes region, including parts of Michigan and Ohio. Although precipitation has ended in most other areas of the Midwest, cloudy, foggy conditions linger in many locations.

On the Plains, a weekend cold spell resulted in low temperatures near 20° on Saturday morning as far south as southwestern Kansas. However, winter wheat in that region was not yet jointing and should have been able to withstand such temperatures. Farther north, snow from last week’s storm has largely melted. Some snow remains on the ground, however, along and near the Canadian border—mostly in Montana and North Dakota.

In the South, showers and thunderstorms stretch from the southern Appalachians to eastern Texas. Soils across the interior South remain largely saturated, leading to early-season fieldwork delays. In contrast, unfavorably dry conditions persist across the lower Southeast, including much of Florida’s peninsula. Parts of southern Texas are still experiencing drought, despite a recent period of beneficial showers.

In the West, an active weather pattern accompanies below-normal temperatures. Rain and snow showers are returning across central and southern California and parts of the Southwest. Meanwhile, a separate disturbance is producing some precipitation in the Pacific Northwest.

During the next several days, below-normal temperatures will dominate the northern Plains and much of the West. Meanwhile, unusual warmth will become entrenched from the southern half of the Plains into the Southeast. Frequent showers will accompany the sharp temperature contrast. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches or more from the middle Mississippi Valley into southern New England, the Ohio Valley, and the mid-Atlantic. Occasional precipitation will also affect the central Plains and much of the West. Snow may fall at times across the North, including the interior Northeast (for the remainder of Monday and again at mid-week) and the upper Midwest (toward week’s end). Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail across the Deep South, from Texas to Florida.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Far West. Meanwhile, near- or below-normal precipitation across much of the western and central U.S. should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Pacific Northwest and much of the South and East.

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