USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, snow is falling from parts of Iowa into the upper Great Lakes region. "Meanwhile, rain is spreading into parts of the central and eastern Corn Belt, halting corn and soybean harvest activities and late-season winter wheat planting efforts," USDA reports.
"In the West, very cool, dry weather is limiting the growth of Northwestern winter grains but promoting late-season fieldwork in California and the Desert Southwest," USDA reports.
On the Plains, USDA says cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing storm system. "Recent rain and snow aided winter wheat on the central Plains, but more precipitation is needed to revive pastures and ensure proper wheat establishment across much of the drought-ravaged southern Plains," USDA adds.
In the South, USDA says warm weather favors the emergence and development of recently planted winter grains, but rain is slowing late-season fieldwork from Kentucky southward to the Gulf Coast. "Summer crop harvesting continues, however, in the southern Atlantic States," USDA says.
According to USDA's outlook, a storm system currently affecting the Midwest and parts of the South will begin to weaken. "Additional rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches in the Great Lakes region, with some snow on the western fringe of the precipitation shield," USDA explains. Toward week’s end, a brief shot of cool air will trail the storm into the Midwest, South and East, USDA says. "However, a more significant push of cold air will arrive at week’s end in the West, accompanied by rain and snow," USDA adds. Through the weekend, USDA reports storm-total precipitation could reach 1 to 2 inches in California and Arizona.