USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. "Today's high temperatures will approach 80°F on the southern Plains," USDA reports. However, USDA says moisture is needed throughout the region to prevent further deterioration in winter wheat conditions. "On Nov. 4, at least one-fifth of the wheat was rated in very poor to poor condition in South Dakota (52%), Nebraska (49%), Oklahoma (30%), Colorado (28%), and Texas (24%)," USDA explains.
In the West, USDA says very warm, dry weather prevails. "In the Northwest, warmth is promoting some additional development of winter grains," USDA reports.
In the Corn Belt, USDA reports rain showers are crossing the upper Mississippi Valley, while some wet snow is occurring in the upper Great Lakes region. "Elsewhere, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork, although chilly conditions linger across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region," USDA explains.
In the South, USDA says rain accompanies a cool weather pattern. "Some of the most significant precipitation is falling in northern Georgia and parts of Florida," USDA reports. The rain is slowing fieldwork but providing beneficial moisture for pastures and winter grains, according to USDA.
In its outlook, USDA says later today, a storm system will begin to intensify east of the Carolinas. "The storm will drift generally northward through Thursday, hugging the Atlantic Seaboard," USDA explains. Coastal impacts will include high winds, heavy rain, and pounding surf, with additional damage possible in northern Mid-Atlantic communities still recovering from Hurricane Sandy, according to USDA. "Toward week’s end, an important weather pattern change will result in warmer weather in the East and sharply colder conditions across the northern Plains and the West," USDA reports. Heavy precipitation, including locally significant snowfall, will accompany the transition to colder weather from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains, USDA explains. By early next week, showers and thunderstorms will accompany the leading edge of cold air across parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley, according to USDA.