USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, generally mild, dry, breezy weather prevails. "As a result, an elevated risk of wildfires persists across the central and southern Plains," USDA reports. In addition, topsoil moisture continues to diminish, it adds. "On March 13, for example, topsoil moisture was rated 40% very short to short in Oklahoma, along with 37% in Kansas," according to USDA.
In the West, USDA reports dry weather accompanies a return to warm conditions across California and the Desert Southwest. "A few rain and snow showers linger, however, from the Pacific Northwest to the northern and central Rockies," USDA continues.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says wet, wind-driven snow is blanketing parts of the upper Great Lakes region, while rain is falling in much of Wisconsin. "Other areas of the Midwest are experiencing mild, dry, breezy weather," USDA adds. Parts of northern and central Illinois are recovering from last night’s severe weather, which included a few tornadoes, USDA explains.
In the South, USDA reports warm, dry weather favors flood recovery from eastern Texas to the Mississippi Delta.
In its outlook, USDA explains for today, rain and snow will continue in the upper Great Lakes region. "Precipitation will also spread into the Northeast," USDA adds. Farther west, USDA says dry weather will prevail during the next five days in southern California and the Southwest, while only light precipitation can be expected across the Plains and Midwest. "Rain and snow showers will diminish across the Northwest, but return during the weekend," USDA continues. Farther east, USDA says rain will develop across the Deep South, mainly along the Gulf Coast, on Thursday and Friday, before shifting into the southern Atlantic States during the weekend. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 2 inches along the Gulf Coast and in the Pacific Northwest," USDA explains. Meanwhile, it says a push of cold air will reach the central and eastern U.S. "On the central and southern High Plains, weekend low temperatures ranging from 20° to 30°F are not expected to pose a major threat to jointing winter wheat," USDA explains. In contrast, above-normal temperatures will expand from California and the Southwest, quickly returning to the Plains by early next week, USDA continues.