USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, snow is falling in several areas, mainly in North Dakota and eastern Colorado. "In stark contrast, dry windy conditions on the southern High Plains are raising dust, enhancing the risk of wildfires, and maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and winter grains," according to USDA.
In the West, USDA reports snow showers are limited to the central Rockies, although a cold front is approaching the northern Pacific Coast. "Cool, dry weather prevails across most of the region," USDA explains.
In the Corn Belt, USDA reports heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are curtailing any early-season fieldwork across the southern tier of the region. "Warmth in the middle Mississippi and Ohio Valleys contrasts with below-normal temperatures across the remainder of the Midwest," USDA details.
In the South, USDA says showers and thunderstorms are grazing the northern tier of the region, mainly from Arkansas to North Carolina. "Warm weather prevails throughout the South, promoting the emergence of newly planted crops," USDA explains. Fieldwork is ongoing where soil conditions perm it; on March 30, however, soil moisture was rated 57% surplus in Mississippi, along with 39% in Louisiana, 31% in North Carolina, and 30% in Georgia, according to USDA.
In its outlook, USDA says a strong spring storm currently over the nation’s mid-section will move northeastward, reaching the Great Lakes region on Friday and eastern Canada on Saturday. "Heavy showers and thunderstorms will occur along the storm’s trailing cold front, with a significant severe weather outbreak possible later today across the Mid-South and neighboring regions. Additional heavy rain (1 to 3 inches) could trigger flooding from the lower Missouri Valley into the Ohio Valley," USDA details. Meanwhile, USDA reports a late-season snow event will unfold from parts of central and eastern Nebraska into the upper Great Lakes region. "During the weekend and early next week, another significant rain event will occur across the South and lower Midwest, boosting five-day totals to 2 to 4 inches or more in the central Gulf Coast states," USDA continues.