Monday, mid-day weather map
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Across the Corn Belt, a storm system centered just north of Lake Erie is producing windy, unsettled weather. Blowing snow and snow showers are reducing visibilities, causing travel disruptions, and stressing livestock in the far upper Midwest. Grand Forks, North Dakota, is reporting a current snow depth of 21 inches. Elsewhere, heavy rain is falling early Monday in parts of Michigan, while a surge of cooler air accompanies scattered rain showers across the Ohio Valley.

On the Plains, snow showers linger across eastern sections of Nebraska and the Dakotas. In those areas, windy weather is resulting in blowing snow, travel disruptions, and livestock stress. A Blizzard Warning is in effect Monday morning in parts of eastern North Dakota. Meanwhile, cool, dry weather prevails on the central and southern Plains, following weekend precipitation (rain and snow) that provided local relief in areas experiencing drought.

In the South, scattered showers and thunderstorms are primarily affecting the southern Atlantic States. Meanwhile, cooler, drier air is arriving west of the Appalachians. During a severe weather outbreak on Sunday, thunderstorms spawned several tornadoes in Mississippi, where clean-up efforts are underway.

In the West, a storm system near the Pacific Coast is producing a few rain and snow showers in southern California. Dry weather covers the remainder of the region, although mild weather in the Pacific Northwest contrasts with chilly conditions across the Southwest and Intermountain West. Widespread sub-zero temperatures were noted early today in the central Rockies and environs.

A storm system over the Great Lakes region will remain nearly stationary for the remainder of Monday, leading to showery, breezy conditions across much of the Midwest. Parts of Michigan and Wisconsin will receive significant, wind-driven snow. By Tuesday, the storm will begin to re-form along the northern Atlantic Coast, resulting in heavy snow across northern Maine. Meanwhile, periods of heavy snow will arrive on Tuesday and continue for the remainder of the week across portions of the Cascades and northern Rockies. Elsewhere, the storm currently affecting southern California will cross northern Mexico before moving northeastward into the Corn Belt. As a result, late-week snow may occur in the upper Midwest, while rain should return across the South, East, and lower Midwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of below-normal temperatures from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies and northern High Plains, while warmer-than-normal weather will be confined to the lower Rio Grande Valley and areas along the Atlantic Seaboard. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal conditions across the North should contrast with near- or below-normal precipitation from California to the middle and southern Atlantic States.

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