USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, widespread freezes were noted this morning across the northern half of the region, ending the growing season as far south as Nebraska. "Meanwhile, precipitation is developing across the central Plains, with snow reported in parts of eastern Colorado and western Kansas," USDA reports. In addition, a few rain showers are affecting Oklahoma and Texas, although the southern High Plains remain dry, it continues.
In the West, dry weather accompanies late-season warmth in the Pacific Coast states, USDA explains. "Dry weather also prevails elsewhere in the region, except for some snow showers in the central Rockies," USDA adds. The dry conditions favor fieldwork, including California’s rice harvesting and Southwestern cotton harvesting, according to USDA.
In the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors corn and soybean harvest activities, except in areas of the upper Midwest where wet fields continue to limit fieldwork, USDA explains.
In the South, USDA says mild, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, soybean, and peanut harvesting.
In its outlook USDA says cool weather will dominate the U.S., except for late-season warmth in the Far West. By Saturday, frost and freezes can be expected across the nation’s mid-section as far south as the southern High Plains. "Late in the weekend and early next week, the first snow of the season will occur in the upper Midwest and upper Great Lakes region," USDA details. By Oct. 21-22, USDA says additional freezes can be expected across the northern half of the Plains. "In addition, season-ending freezes will occur across the western and central Corn Belt," USDA adds. Dry weather will prevail during the next five days in the West, while 1- to 2-inch totals can be expected in the vicinity of the Great Lakes, according to USDA. "Higher totals, locally 1 to 3 inches, will be confined to areas along the Gulf Coast," USDA details.