USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, some light snow is developing across the Dakotas. "Farther south, however, mild, dry conditions on the central and southern Plains are maintaining severe stress on rangeland, pastures and winter wheat," USDA reports.
In the West, USDA says dry weather continues in California, but rangeland, pastures, and winter grains are benefiting from recent soil moisture improvements. "Generally favorable conditions also prevail in the Northwest, where rain and snow showers continue," USDA explains. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather is promoting late-season Southwestern fieldwork, USDA adds.
In the Corn Belt, says unusually mild weather prevails. "Rain is disrupting off-season fieldwork in parts of the southern and eastern Corn Belt," USDA explains. Some of the heaviest rain is falling in the Ohio Valley, according to USDA.
In the South, USDA reports patchy showers are developing. "Otherwise, mild weather is promoting winter wheat planting and late-season harvest activities," USDA explains.
In its outlook USDA says over the weekend, a weak cold front will generate light rain across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. "A second, stronger cold front will drift southeastward out of the northern Rockies, reaching the Delta and eastern Corn Belt by early next week," USDA reports. This front will produce showers from eastern Texas into the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys, while snow will fall across central portions of the Rockies and High Plains, according to USDA. However, the snow will offer little—if any—relief from extreme to exceptional drought currently entrenched over the central and southern Plains, according to USDA. Farther north, USDA reports another area of somewhat heavier snow will accompany a weak disturbance from the northern Rockies into the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region. "Sharply colder weather will follow this front, with temperatures expected to average more than 10°F below normal across the Plains and Mississippi Valley by Monday," USDA explains.