Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails. Recent and ongoing warmth has begun to coax winter wheat out of dormancy as far north as the Ohio Valley.
On the Plains, record-setting warmth continues to dominate the northern half of the region, where Friday’s high temperatures could approach 80° as far north as South Dakota. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather prevails on the southern High Plains, while scattered rain showers linger across the southeastern Plains.
In the South, ongoing heavy showers across much of Louisiana and Mississippi are resulting in a grave flood danger in several communities due to rising water levels and the threat of overtopped levees. Storm-total rainfall has reached 10 to 20 inches or more from easternmost Texas to the northern Mississippi Delta. In stark contrast, warm, dry weather in the southern Atlantic States favors fieldwork and crop development.
In the West, impressive storminess is returning to northern California, although most of the precipitation is again falling as rain. As a result, the water content of the high-elevation Sierra Nevada snowpack has not appreciably increased in March, although storms continue to boost soil moisture and increase reservoir storage.