Across the Corn Belt, rainy weather is maintaining soggy field conditions in the Ohio Valley. Mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the region, except for patches of light snow across the far upper Midwest. Snow remains on the ground across much of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin.
On the Plains, mostly dry but breezy weather prevails. Snow has largely disappeared across the northern High Plains, but a deep snow cover persists in parts of the Dakotas. Farther south, winter grains in drought-affected areas of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and northern Texas are benefiting from improved soil moisture following recent precipitation.
In the South, rain stretches northeastward from the central Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, unusual warmth prevails across the southern Atlantic region, including Florida, well in advance of an approaching cold front.
In the West, showery weather persists along the northern Pacific Coast, where another round of precipitation is spreading inland. However, above-normal temperatures accompany the Northwestern precipitation, limiting the accumulation of mountain snowpack. In much of the Pacific Northwest, snowpack is less than 50% of the early-January average.
Additional rainfall in the eastern U.S. could locally total 1 to 2 inches before ending on Saturday. During the weekend, however, there will be a transition to snow showers in parts of the Northeast. Meanwhile, Northwestern rain and snow showers will continue for the next several days. Five-day precipitation amounts in parts of western Washington could reach 5 to 10 inches. In addition, high winds will spread across portions of the Pacific Northwest, northern Rockies, and northern High Plains. By early next week, sharply colder air will overspread the northern Plains and Midwest, preceded and accompanied by rain and snow showers. Light rain may also develop early next week in parts of the southern and eastern U.S.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for above-normal temperatures across much of the eastern half of the country, while colder-than-normal conditions will dominate the West. Meanwhile, the entire nation—except Deep South Texas—can expect near- or above-normal precipitation, with wet weather most likely across the mid-South and lower Ohio Valley.