Across the Corn Belt, lingering cold is mostly limited to the Great Lakes region, where an extensive snow cover persists. Generally dry weather accompanies the milder conditions.
On the Plains, cold weather is limited to parts of North Dakota. Elsewhere, mild, mostly dry weather prevails. Moisture demands for rangeland, pastures, and winter grains are increasing across the central and southern Plains due to dry soils and recent warmth.
In the South, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Friday morning in the Atlantic Coast States as far south as Georgia and north-central Florida. West of the Appalachians, cool conditions are easing in advance of a storm system.
In the West, record-setting warmth is gradually expanding farther inland, causing some premature melting of low-elevation snowpack. Precipitation is confined to the Pacific Northwest, except for isolated showers in Arizona and New Mexico.
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