USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, breezy weather prevails, especially from Kansas northward. "Today’s high temperatures will approach 70°F as far north as southern South Dakota," USDA reports. The need for moisture is increasing for winter wheat, particularly across the Southern Plains, according to USDA.
In the West, USDA says a return to record-setting warmth in California accompanies dry weather. "According to the California Department of Water Resources, the average water content of the high-elevation Sierra Nevada snowpack stands at 8 inches, less than 30% of the mid-March normal," USDA details.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild weather is overspreading western areas. "Cold conditions linger, however, east of the Mississippi River, where snow depths associated with the recently ended, late-winter storm include 6 inches in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and 3 inches in Chicago, Illinois," USDA elaborates.
In the South, USDA reports freeze warnings are in effect early today in northern Georgia. "In fact, cool, breezy conditions prevail throughout the Southeast," USDA adds. Farther west, light freezes were not ed this morning as far south as central Louisiana and southern Mississippi, where winds have diminished, USDA explains.
In its outlook, USDA says the coast-to-coast pattern of mostly dry weather will continue for several days. During the weekend, however, a storm will begin to take shape across the central and southeastern U.S., USDA continues. "As a result, five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches from eastern portions of Oklahoma and Texas to the southern Atlantic states," USDA reports. Depending upon the evolution of the storm, some wintry precipitation may occur early next week in the southern Mid-Atlantic region, according to USDA. "Meanwhile, warm, dry weather will persist in California and the Great Basin —with warmth at times reaching as far east as the Plains," the agency continues.