USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a dry weather pattern is in place. However, gusty winds are affecting the northern and central Plains, while a variable snow cover remains in place in most areas from Nebraska northward.
In the West, cold, dry weather prevails. However, windy conditions in southern California contrast with air stagnation and foggy conditions across portions of the interior Northwest, USDA says.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says mostly cloudy, breezy conditions accompany scattered snow showers. Locally heavy snow squalls are occurring in favored areas downwind of the Great Lakes. Despite a turn toward cooler weather, fields and feedlots remain muddy in much of the central and eastern Corn Belt.
In the South, cool, dry weather has replaced previously warm conditions. No freezes were reported, however, across the Deep South, USDA reports.
In its outlook through Jan. 31, USDA says generally cold, dry weather will prevail during the next five days. However, exceptions should include frequent snow showers and squalls downwind of the Great Lakes; weekend rain showers across southern Texas and Florida’s peninsula and a return to mild weather across the nation’s mid-section late in the weekend and early next week, when temperatures should top 70°F on the southern Plains .