USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, dry weather covers the northern half of the region, where winter wheat’s protective snow cover has largely disappeared. Meanwhile, cool, rainy weather is replacing record-setting warmth on the southern High Plains, benefiting winter wheat. On Saturday, the southwestern Oklahoma community of Mangum reported a high temperature of 99°F.
In the West, lingering rain and snow showers are confined to parts of Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico. Dry weather prevails across the remainder of the region, following the latest spate of storms. Officials in California continue to monitor and attempt to repair storm damage to Oroville Dam north of Sacramento, USDA reports.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing storm. Mild weather has returned to the western Corn Belt, while lingering snow cover is limited to the northern tier of the region.
In the South, USDA notes mild, dry weather favors early-season fieldwork. In general, spring bud and bloom development remains ahead of schedule throughout the region, raising concerns about potential spring cold outbreaks.
In its outlook through Feb. 10, USDA says another significant winter storm currently affecting the Northeast will move away from the northern Atlantic Coast later today, although cold, windy conditions and snow showers will linger into early Tuesday. A trailing disturbance will produce some additional snow showers in the Great Lakes and Northeastern States at mid-week. Meanwhile, storm-weary northern and central California will experience dry weather through mid-week, but a new storm will arrive on Thursday. A second, potentially more powerful storm will affect California and environs late in the week, boosting five-day totals to 2 to 5 inches. Similar totals can be expected in the Pacific Northwest, but mostly dry weather will cover the northern half of the Plains and much of the Midwest. Elsewhere, a slow-moving storm currently centered over the south-central U.S. will drift eastward, resulting in 1- to 2-inch rainfall totals in some Southern locations.