USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather accompanies unusual warmth. "For the third day in a row, temperatures will approach, reach, or exceed 90°F across portions of the drought-stricken southern High Plains," USDA explains.
In the West, USDA reports warm, dry weather continues, despite an increase in cloudiness in California and the Southwest. "This week’s warmth has begun to melt mountain snowpack in the Sierra Nevada and elsewhere in the West," USDA continues.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool weather has returned to the Great Lakes region, but near- to above-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the Midwest. "Rain showers are mostly confined to two small areas: parts of Ohio and the upper Mississippi Valley," USDA continues.
In the South, USDA reports warm, dry weather continues to promote an acceleration of spring planting and other fieldwork, except in areas—such as parts of central and southern Mississippi and southwestern Alabama—where lowlands are flooded or soils remain too wet.
In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of today, a cold front will deliver a few rain showers from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast. "During the weekend, a stronger cold front will cross the Plains and Midwest, trailed a markedly colder weather," USDA continues. Early next week, USDA reports freezes can be expected as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle, while temperatures will fall to near 20°F across the northern Corn Belt. "As the cold air begins to arrive, precipitation will change to snow before ending on Sunday as far south as the central High Plains," USDA continues. From April 13-15, precipitation will also end as snow in portions of the Great Lakes states, according to USDA. Meanwhile, USDA says significant, late-season snow accumulations can be expected in parts of the northern and central Rockies. "Storm-total precipitation could reach 1 to 2 inches in the Rockies and 1 to 3 inches or more across the eastern half of the U.S.," USDA adds. In contrast, warm, dry weather will continue in California, while mostly dry, albeit cooler, conditions will persist on the southern High Plains, USDA explains.