USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather prevails, although a few showers linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. "The cool conditions are slowing the emergence and growth of recently planted corn," USDA explains.
In the West, USDA reports another round of late-season snow is underway across the central Rockies, further improving water-supply prospects. "Meanwhile, isolated showers dot the Northwest," USDA adds. The entire region continues to experience unusually cool weather, a sharp departure from ear lier warmth that had promoted rapid crop development, according to USDA.
On the Plains, USDA says very cool weather prevails, except for lingering warmth in parts of Texas. "Showers and thunderstorms have returned to the central and southern Plains, maintaining a wet pattern that developed in mid-April," USDA reports. The sudden wetness has slowed or halted fieldwork but has revived rangeland, pastures and winter wheat, USDA continues.
In the South, USDA reports warmth continues to promote winter wheat development and the emergence of spring-sown crops. "However, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are moving across the mid-South in conjunction with an approaching storm system," USDA explains.
In its outlook, USDA says for today, a developing storm system will spark heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms across the south-central U.S. and heavy snow in the central Rockies and environs. "During the weekend, rain will spread across the southern Corn Belt, the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Southeast," USDA details. Precipitation will linger into early next week across the Four Corners States and the southern Plains, according to USDA. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches from central sections of the Rockies and Plains to the Mid-Atlantic States, and 2 to 5 inches from the western and central Gulf Coast regions into the mid-South," USDA details. Meanwhile, cool weather will continue to dominate the U.S., except for some lingering warmth across the South, USDA continues. "During the weekend, however, above-normal temperatures will return to the Pacific Northwest and begin to spread eastward," USDA explains.