USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cool, breezy conditions prevail in the wake of a departing storm. "Despite recent precipitation, more than four-fifths of the rangeland and pastures were rated very poor to poor on Feb. 24 in Kansas (83%) and Oklahoma (82%)," USDA explains. On the same date, a substantial percentage of the winter wheat was rated very poor to poor in South Dakota (66%), Oklahoma (54%), Nebraska (50%), Texas (45%), and Kansas (36%), it elaborates.
In the West, USDA says mild weather is returning to the Pacific Coast states. Elsewhere, dry weather and below-normal temperatures prevail, USDA adds.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says wind-driven snow showers linger across a broad area from the lower Missouri Valley into the lower Great Lakes region. "Current snow depths include 10 inches in Kansas City, Missouri; 9 inches in Des Moines, Iowa; and 5 inches in Rockford, Illinois, and Pontiac, Michigan," USDA details. Meanwhile, a few rain showers dot the Ohio Valley, USDA adds.
In the South, USDA says cool, dry weather follows recent heavy rainfall. "However, some lowland flooding persists from the central Gulf Coast region in to central and southern Georgia and northern Florida," USDA continues. Currently, USDA says showers are confined to the southern tip of Florida. Across the remainder of Florida’s peninsula, Tuesday’s showers helped to temporarily ease irrigation demands, USDA explains.
In its outlook, USDA says a weakening storm system currently centered over the lower Great Lakes region will drift east of New England by Friday. "Snow will gradually subside across the Midwest, while additional precipitation could exceed an inch in parts of the Northeast," USDA continues. In the storm’s wake, USDA says little or no precipitation will fall during the next five days across the southern half of the U.S., except for some lingering showers in southern Florida. Meanwhile, precipitation will develop in the Northwest, especially during the weekend, according to USDA. By early next week, USDA says snow may reach the northern High Plains.