USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, warmth continues to spread across the upper Midwest, promoting an acceleration of corn and soybean planting and other spring fieldwork. "Cool weather lingers, however, across the eastern Corn Belt, where this morning’s low temperatures dipped below 40°F in some locations," USDA details.
In the West, USDA reports widely scattered showers stretch from California to the northern Intermountain region. "Much cooler weather is arriving across California and the Southwest, but warm, dry weather continues to favor fieldwork and rapid crop development in the Pacific Northwest," USDA explains.
On the Plains, USDA says rain showers are developing in parts of Montana. "Elsewhere, very warm, dry weather favors a rapid planting pace, winter wheat development, and the emergence of spring-sown crops," USDA continues.
In the South, USDA reports cool, cloudy, showery weather in the southern Mid-Atlantic region is halting fieldwork but helping to eradicate lingering pockets of dryness. "Across the remainder of the Southeast, cool, dry, breezy weather prevails," USDA reports. Meanwhile, mild, favorably dry weather is promoting a limited return to fieldwork in the wettest areas from the mid-South southward to the Gulf Coast, according to USDA.
In its outlook, USDA says a rather unsettled weather pattern will persist across the West through the weekend, with widespread 1- to 3-inch totals expected from the Sierra Nevada to the northern Intermountain West. "Significantly higher totals, approaching 6 inches, could occur in parts of Wyoming," USDA adds. In contrast, warm, mostly dry weather will persist in the Pacific Northwest, it continues. "By early next week, rain will return to the Plains, Midwest, and mid-South, with some locations receiving 1 to 2 inches," according to USDA. Elsewhere, pesky Mid-Atlantic showers will subside during the weekend, while dry weather will accompany a warming trend across the lower Southeast, USDA continues.