USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, frost and freeze advisories are in effect this morning across portions of the Great Lakes region, where producers continue to monitor early-blooming fruit crops for signs of injury in the wake of the March 26-27 and current cool snaps. "Elsewhere in the Midwest, rain showers accompany mild weather," USDA adds.
In the West, USDA reports stormy weather prevails across northern California and the Pacific Northwest, where chilly weather persists. California's spring and summer runoff prospects have improved slightly during March, but high-elevation Sierra Nevada snow packs are still only about half of normal for this time of year, according to USDA.
On the Plains, USDA explains very warm weather favors a rapid pace of winter wheat development. "However, portions of the High Plains' winter wheat belt will soon need additional moisture to prevent drought stress," USDA adds.
In the South, USDA says scattered showers and thunderstorms are spreading eastward across the central Gulf Coast states. "Meanwhile, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork and crop development in the lower Southeast, although rain is needed for pastures, winter grains and emerging summer crops," USDA notes.
USDA's outlook says a disturbance crossing the eastern half of the U.S. will produce scattered showers and thunderstorms into the weekend. "Additional rainfall may reach an inch in parts of the Great Lakes region and the Southeast," USDA elaborates. Meanwhile, USDA says stormy weather will continue across the Pacific Northwest, where five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 5 inches. "Elsewhere, cool conditions will gradually expand across the West, but unusually warm weather will continue from the nation’s mid-section into the Midwest and Southeast," USDA reports. By early next week, USDA says a new storm system will emerge from the West, resulting in cooler weather across the south-central U.S. and widespread precipitation in the central and eastern U.S.