USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a slow-moving storm system is centered near Lake Erie. "Rain has mostly ended across the eastern Corn Belt, but rain and snow showers linger in the Great Lakes region," USDA adds. Although most fieldwork remains on hold, soil moisture levels have markedly improved in the upper Midwestern drought areas, according to USDA.
In the West, USDA says dry weather favors spring fieldwork. "Chilly conditions linger across the Rockies, but warm weather has returned to California and environs," USDA reports.
On the Plains, cooler-than-normal conditions persist, although temperatures have moderated from the very low readings observed on April 10-11, USDA explains. Across the Central and Southern High Plains, producers continue to monitor winter wheat for indications of injury, following the recent freezes and those that occurred in late March, USDA details.
In the South, USDA says recovery efforts are underway in areas affected by recent severe thunderstorms. "On Thursday, tornadoes struck parts of Alabama, Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana," USDA elaborates. Currently, scattered showers and thunderstorms linger in the southern Atlantic states, it adds. "Elsewhere, cool, dry weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall," USDA continues.
In its outlook USDA says the influence of a sprawling storm system currently centered over the lower Great Lakes region will continue to wane. "Meanwhile, a disturbance will arrive in the Northwest later today and help to spark the development of a new low-pressure system over the north-central U.S. during the weekend," USDA reports. Rain and snow showers will accompany the storm, primarily across the nation’s northern tier, USDA explains. "Early next week, yet another storm will begin to take shape across the central Rockies," USDA continues. Eventually, this storm will produce another round of drought-easing precipitation across the nation’s midsection, USDA explains. Although many parts of the country will experience a warming trend in advance of next week’s storm system, very cold weather will persist across the northern Plains and upper Midwest, according to USDA.