USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a cold front draped across central portions of the region separates cold air to the north from warm weather farther south. Despite an increase in cloudiness, mostly dry weather prevails. Across portions of the central and southern Plains, prematurely vegetative winter wheat would benefit from rain. On Feb. 26, more than one-quarter (27%) of Colorado’s wheat crop was rated very poor to poor. More than one-fifth (21%) of the wheat was rated very poor to poor in Kansas and Texas.
In the West, favorably dry weather prevails in storm-battered California, but several other areas are receiving rain or snow. Specifically, significant precipitation is spreading northeastward from Arizona, while scattered rain and snow showers stretch from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies.
In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild weather prevails. Showers and a few thunderstorms, heaviest across the eastern Corn Belt, accompany the return of above-normal temperatures.
In the South, USDA reports showers and thunderstorms are developing from the northern Mississippi Delta into the Tennessee Valley. Elsewhere, very warm weather favors rapid growth of pastures, winter grains, and fruit crops.
Satellite image with enhanced low cloud-top and ground temperatures for 6:45 a.m. EST (NOAA)
In its five-day outlook through March 4, USDA says that for the remainder of today, showers and locally severe thunderstorms will become more widespread from the Mississippi Valley into the lower Great Lakes region. Parts of the Ohio Valley could receive as much as 1 to 3 inches. At mid-week, rain will spread into the East before shifting offshore. A quick blast of cold air will trail the precipitation into the Midwest and Northeast, accompanied by snow showers. Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will continue through week’s end across the High Plains and southern California, but heavy, late-week precipitation will overspread the Northwest, including the northern tier of California, USDA states."