USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, rain and snow are providing much-needed moisture for winter wheat in Montana. "In contrast, dry conditions across the central and southern Great Plains are maintaining severe to exceptional drought, with producers keeping a close eye on a developing storm system set to arrive at week's end," USDA adds.
In the West, USDA says warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, including Northwestern wheat planting and the Arizona cotton harvest. "However, an upper-air disturbance in the Southwest is producing some rain and high-elevation snow," USDA continues.
In the Corn Belt, cool, unsettled weather prevails as another cold front sweeps across the region, USDA reports. "In the vicinity of the front, rain showers are affecting the upper Great Lakes region," USDA adds. Meanwhile, corn and soybean harvesting are proceeding rapidly in the Ohio Valley under mostly sunny skies, according to USDa.
In the South, USDA says showers are limited to the northern Delta. "Elsewhere, dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork, including cotton, soybean, and peanut harvesting," USDA explains.
USDA's outlook says except for some showers in the northern Delta, a cold front currently over the western Corn Belt will produce little, if any, precipitation as it approaches the southern and eastern U.S. "Behind the front, high pressure will provide mostly dry, cool weather across the eastern half of the nation, although temperatures will rebound over the weekend," USDA reports. Meanwhile, a disturbance producing light rain and high-elevation snow in the Southwest will track to the central Plains, where an intensifying area of low pressure will begin to take shape, according to USDA. "As this system organizes and moves into the upper Midwest, increasingly heavy rain will develop from the southern Plains and Delta into the Great Lakes region," USDA continues. Meanwhile, much-needed rain and mountain snow will gradually arrive in the Northwest, where total precipitation may exceed 5 inches (liquid equivalent) by early next week, USDA adds.