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Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork, except in areas where soggy soils continue to limit or prevent corn and soybean harvesting and late-season winter wheat planting. Friday morning’s low temperatures fell below 10° in much of the upper Midwest, especially in areas covered by snow.

On the Plains, clouds and patches of light rain linger across the southern half of Texas. Dry weather covers the remainder of the Plains. However, cold weather across much of the region contrasts with quickly rebounding temperatures on the northern and central High Plains. Friday’s high temperatures should top 60° on the central High Plains, where patchy dryness is causing uneven emergence in some winter wheat fields.

In the South, cool, mostly dry weather prevails, following Thursday’s rainfall. However, a few rain showers linger in the Deep South, from southern Texas to Florida’s peninsula. The region features a mix of wet conditions and lingering drought; regarding the latter, 61% of Georgia was affected by drought on November 5, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, down from 98% in mid-October.

In the West, stagnant conditions continue to result in poor air quality in parts of Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors autumn fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in Arizona and California.

The next major surge of frigid air will arrive across the northern Plains and upper Midwest on Sunday before overtaking nearly all areas from the Rockies to the Atlantic Seaboard by early next week. At the height of the cold wave, temperatures could fall below 32° as far south as southern Texas and the central Gulf Coast. During the next few days, periods of snow will continue across the North, especially downwind of the Great Lakes. Early next week, another round of rain will affect the South, mainly in advance of a strong cold front. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail west of the Rockies.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures from the Plains to the East Coast, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail west of the Rockies. Meanwhile, near- or below-normal precipitation across much of country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across parts of the northern Plains, in the lower Rio Grande Valley, and along the Atlantic Seaboard.

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