USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather prevails. "Mild air is gradually expanding across the region, following the recent cold snap that resulted in freezes as far south as northern and eastern Oklahoma," USDA says. Rain will soon be needed on the southern Plains to prevent a second consecutive year of poor winter wheat establishment, USDA says.
"In the West, warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in California and Arizona and late-season winter wheat planting in the Northwest," USDA says.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says cold weather has largely ended the growing season from the Mississippi Valley westward, although summer crops are already mature and not susceptible to freeze injury. "Meanwhile, mostly dry weather has returned to the eastern Corn Belt, where soggy fields continue to restrict fieldwork," USDA says.
In the South, cool but dry weather is accelerating fieldwork, USDA reports. "Frost was noted this morning as far south as portions the central Gulf Coast States (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama)," USDA says.
USDA's outlook says mild air will continue to expand eastward from the Plains, although cool weather will linger in the East through the weekend. "Meanwhile, a series of Pacific disturbances will generate light showers across the nation’s northern tier, starting in the Pacific Northwest later today and reaching the Great Lakes region early next week," USDA adds. A few weekend showers may also affect the southeastern Plains and the Mid-South, USDA says, but dry conditions will persist across the central and southern High Plains’ winter wheat production areas.