USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold weather is confined to northeastern Montana and portions of the Dakotas. "Elsewhere, unusually warm weather is promoting winter wh eat growth, especially in areas — such as the Texas’ northern panhandle, Oklahoma, and southern Kansas — that have received abundant precipitation in recent weeks," USDA says. Today’s high temperatures will approach or reach 90°F on the southern High Plains, according to USDA.
In the West, USDA says very warm weather favors fieldwork but is causing some premature melting of middle- and high- elevation snow packs. "Patchy showers are confined to the northern tier of the region," USDA reports.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says wintry precipitation (mostly snow and freezing rain) is spreading across the upper Midwest, including North Dakota and Minnesota. "In stark contrast, warmth is arriving in the southwestern Corn Belt, including central and southern Missouri, where today’s high temperatures will range from 70° to 80°F," USDA explains.
In the South, USDA says frost advisories are in effect this morning across the lower Southeast, including much of southern Georgia and northern Florida. "In contrast, warmth is spreading across the Mid-South," USDA says. Dry weather is promoting Southern fieldwork, although unfavorably dry conditions persist across Florida’s peninsula, according to USDA.
In its outlook USDA says during the next several days, a colder weather pattern will become established across much of the nation. "In particular, below-normal temperatures will cover the northern two-thirds of the U.S. by Sunday, although warmth will linger across the nation’s southern tier," USDA explains. By early next week, USDA says any lingering warmth will be generally limited to the Southwest. "Meanwhile, a series of disturbances will maintain unsettled conditions from the Northwest to the Midwest, as well as much of the East," USDA reports. During the next five days, USDA says precipitation totals could reach 1 to 2 inches in parts of the Northwest and from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast. "In contrast, little or no precipitation will occur across Florida’s peninsula and from central and southern California to the lower Mississippi Valley," USDA explains.