USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, drought-easing rain is falling across much of Texas, with some snow blanketing the west-central portion of the state. "In contrast, record-setting warmth prevails on the northern Plains, where today's high temperatures will approach 60°F as far north as Montana," USDA explains.
In the West, USDA reports precipitation is confined to southern New Mexico and western Washington. "In many other areas — especially from California to the Great Basin — the lack of cold-season precipitation is a mounting concern," USDA reports. In California, USDA says dryness is stunting pasture growth, while the lack of high-elevation snow could translate into summer water-supply issues.
In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails, USDA says. "Concerns exist with respect to developing drought in the western Corn Belt, which has been especially warm and dry in recent months," USDA reports.
In the South, USDA says scattered showers and thunderstorms are heaviest west of the Delta. "The rain is recharging topsoil moisture and benefiting pastures and winter grains," USDA explains. In contrast, Florida remains unfavorably dry, USDA adds.
In its outlook, USDA says a storm system affecting the south-central U.S. will drift northeastward, reaching the mid-Atlantic region by mid-week. "Storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches from Texas to the Mid-Atlantic Coast," USDA explains. Meanwhile, USDA says sharply colder air will arrive at mid-week across the nation’s mid-section. "The cold air will shift into the East by week’s end," USDA reports. Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail, except for some precipitation across the nation’s northern tier, according to USDA. "Late-week snow could become locally heavy in the vicinity of the Great Lakes," USDA says.