USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, sudden warmth has returned. In fact, temperatures could reach 90°F later today on the Southern High Plains. On the Northern High Plains, the warm weather is eroding winter wheat's protective s now cover. Throughout the region, early-season warmth is a concern with respect to wheat losing winter hardiness.
In the West, mild, stormy weather prevails across much of California, the Intermountain West and the Northwest. Due to runoff from rainfall and melting snow, flooding remains a threat in many areas from California to the northern Rockies.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says snow showers are affecting portions of Great Lakes region due to the passage of a warm front. Mild weather is returning to the remainder of the Midwest, especially from the Mississippi Valley westward.
In the South, cool weather lingers across the southern Atlantic States. However, temperatures are quickly rebounding to above-normal levels from the Mississippi Delta westward, promoting pasture growth and early-season field work, USDA states.
In its outlook through Feb. 14, USDA states the last in a series of major Pacific storms will push farther inland across the western U.S. Additional precipitation could locally reach 1 to 3 inches in several areas, including the Pacific Coast States and the Southwest. Meanwhile, a fast-moving disturbance crossing the nation’s northern tier will generate some precipitation — mainly snow — during the weekend and early next week, with significant snow accumulations possible in parts of the Northeast. Farther south, potentially heavy rain could develop early next week in the south-central U.S., including Texas. Aside from the development of cool weather in the south-central U.S. as storminess arrives, much of the nation will experience unusually warm conditions during the next several days.