USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a substantial snow cover in Montana is providing winter wheat with beneficial moisture — and helped to insulate the crop from recent sub-zero temperatures. "However, the cold weather is also increasing stress on the northern Plains' livestock," USDA reports. Elsewhere, USDA says a patchy snow cover exists as far south as northern and western Nebraska, but unfavorably dry conditions persist across the central and southern Plains.
In the West, USDA says light rain and snow showers are confined to the Northwest. "Elsewhere, dry weather accompanies a gradual warming trend, promoting fieldwork activities such as cotton harvesting in Arizona and California," USDA elaborates.
In the Corn Belt, USDA reports cloudiness lingers in the lower Great Lakes region, but clear, cold weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. "However, wet fields are hampering late-season corn and soybean harvest efforts, mainly in the eastern Corn Belt," USDA explains.
In the South, a few showers linger in the southern Mid-Atlantic region, USDA says. "Elsewhere, cool, dry weather follows a period of generally light rain showers," USDA adds. Fieldwork activities include winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut and soybean harvesting, according to USDA.
In its outlook, USDA says cold weather will gradually erode but persist for much of the week across the South and East. "By week’s end, near- to above-normal temperatures will cover the U.S., except in the Atlantic Coast states," USDA continues. Meanwhile, USDA says little or no precipitation will occur during the entire week between the Rockies and Appalachians. "Elsewhere, early-week precipitation will largely end in the East, although some rain will linger for several days in the southern Atlantic states," USDA elaborates. Toward week’s end, USDA says storminess will increase along the West Coast, especially from northern California into the Pacific Northwest.