USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, precipitation — including some snow — lingers across Montana and the Dakotas. Meanwhile, hard freezes continue to threaten winter wheat on the central and southern High Plains, USDA adds. "This morning’s lows fell to near 0°F in western Nebraska — where a snow cover is providing wheat with some insulation — and dipped to 20°F or below as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle," USDA reports.
In the West, USDA says mild, dry weather in the Pacific Coast states favors fieldwork and crop growth. "Farther east, however, chilly conditions linger across the Rockies and Intermountain West in the wake of recent storminess," USDA continues.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says snow lingers across the far upper Midwest. "Meanwhile, a band of showers and thunderstorms stretches from the lower Great Lakes region into the lower Ohio Valley," USDA explains. Midwestern fieldwork remains on hold due to ongoing precipitation; cool, wet soils; and low air temperatures, according to USDA.
In the South, USDA reports a solid line of showers and thunderstorms stretches from Kentucky to the western Gulf Coast. "Sharply colder air trails the thunderstorm activity," USDA adds. Overnight thunderstorms produced localized wind damage and isolated tornadoes in the Mid-South, including parts of Arkansas and Missouri, USDA details. Meanwhile, warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork and crop development in the southern Atlantic states, according to USDA.
USDA's outlook says the storm system currently centered over the Midwest will drift northward and gradually weaken. "Precipitation associated with the storm will largely move off the East Coast or into Canada by late Friday," USDA explains. Meanwhile, a new storm will begin to take shape across the Northwest, resulting in weekend precipitation (rain and snow) in the north-central U.S., USDA reports. Early next week, USDA says another system will take shape across the nation’s mid-section, maintaining chilly conditions from the Northwest into the upper Midwest and producing additional, drought-easing precipitation.