Across the Corn Belt, National Weather Service Frost and Freeze warnings were in effect early Thursday in parts of the middle Ohio Valley. Farther north, late-season snow continues to accumulate in portions of the upper Great Lakes region. Throughout the Midwest, cool weather is limiting spring fieldwork.
On the Plains, a little light rain is falling across southeastern Colorado and southern Kansas. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails. Freezes were noted Thursday morning as far south as northern Kansas, while temperatures dipped below 20° in parts of the Dakotas.
In the South, National Weather Service Frost and Freeze Warnings were in effect early Thursday across eastern portions of Tennessee and Kentucky, upstate sections of the Carolinas, much of Virginia, and northeastern Georgia. Cold weather continues to threaten a variety of commodities, including fruits, emerged summer crops, and heading winter grains. However, crop development is generally behind schedule due to cooler-than-normal spring weather.
In the West, unusual spring warmth is starting to spread eastward from California and the Great Basin. Thursday’s high temperatures will top 90° in the Desert Southwest. Cool weather lingers, however, in the Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Showers accompany the cool conditions in the Northwest.