USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, isolated showers are confined to the lower Ohio Valley. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and initial soft red winter wheat planting efforts," USDA reports. On Sept. 22, Michigan led the Midwest with 8% of its intended winter wheat acreage planted, USDA elaborates.
In the West, USDA reports rain and snow showers stretch from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. "In fact, winter storm warnings are in effect in parts of western Montana and adjacent areas in Idaho and northwestern Wyoming," USDA points out. Elsewhere, sharply cooler weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage, except for lingering warmth in the southern Rockies, according to USDA.
On the Plains, USDA says markedly cooler weather prevails in Montana, accompanied by a few rain showers. "Across the remainder of the nation’s mid-section, warm, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including harvest activities and winter wheat planting," USDA details.
In the South, dry weather has returned to areas from the western Gulf Coast region to the Mississippi Delta, following substantial drought relief, USDA explains. Meanwhile, showers have shifted into the Southeast, causing some minor fieldwork delays, USDA adds. Rain is especially heavy in parts of Florida, according to USDA.
In its outlook, USDA says during the day on Thursday, snow will end across the northern Rockies and rain showers will diminish in the Southeast. "Meanwhile, a slow-moving cold front—and its a ssociated surge of cold air—will reach the nation’s mid-section late in the week before weakening," USDA reports. A remnant of the front will move into the East early next week, while a strong Pacific storm will arrive in the Northwest, USDA continues. "Additional precipitation could reach 1 to 2 inches in the northern Rockies and along the southern Atlantic Coast," USDA details. Late-week precipitation totals of 1 to 2 inches can be expected from Texas into the upper Midwest, USDA continues. During the weekend, extremely heavy precipitation (locally 4 to 8 inches or more) will arrive in the Pacific Northwest, according to USDA.