USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cool weather prevails. "Freezes were noted this morning as far south as the central High Plains, while some readings below 20°F were reported in North Dakota," USDA reports. Elsewhere, rain showers (and a little bit of wet snow) have developed across the southernmost Plains, helping to replenish topsoil moisture, USDA adds.
In the West, USDA reports beneficial snow showers in the southern Rockies are easing dry conditions. "Dry weather covers the remainder of the region, as warmth continues to build eastward from northern California and the Northwest," USDA continues.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool air is arriving in the wake of a cold front’s passage. "A secondary cold front is crossing the upper Midwest, accompanied by rain and snow showers; breezy conditions; and colder conditions," according to USDA.
In the South, USDA reports showers and thunderstorms continue to march eastward across the southern Atlantic states. "Meanwhile, a new area of rain has developed across the western Gulf Coast region, slowing fieldwork but providing beneficial moisture for newly planted crops," USDA continues. On Thursday, there were several reports of wind damage, hail, and isolated tornadoes from the central Gulf Coast States northward into the Tennessee Valley, USDA elaborates.
In its outlook, USDA says a cold front will exit much of the Atlantic Seaboard later today but linger across the lower Southeast through April 2. "Additional rainfall across the lower Southeast could reach 1 to 3 inches," USDA continues. Meanwhile, unusually cold air will settle across the Great Lakes and Northeastern states during the weekend, followed by a second blast of cold air early next week, it adds. "During the cold wave, which will last at least through April 6, occasional freezes can be expected across the Midwestern, Northeastern, and Mid-Atlantic states," USDA details. Farther west, USDA says precipitation will end across the south-central U.S. later today. "Otherwise, mostly dry weather will prevail during the next five days in the western and central U.S., except for a return to showery weather in the Northwest early next week," USDA reports. Elsewhere, warmth across the Far West will spread eastward, reaching the Plains late in the weekend, USDA continues.