On the Plains, a band of precipitation stretches from southeastern Nebraska to northern Texas. The northwestern edge of the precipitation shield is falling as snow. The southern High Plains were spared from a significant freeze Thursday morning, but strong northerly winds are resulting in some blowing dust.
Across the Corn Belt, a Winter Storm Warning is in effect Thursday for heavy snow across southeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. A mixture of rain and snow is falling across the remainder of the upper Midwest. In contrast, warm, dry weather is promoting an acceleration of fieldwork in the eastern Corn Belt.
In the South, showers are increasing in coverage and intensity, especially in Florida and the central Gulf Coast region. The wet weather is slowing fieldwork, including planting activities in the Mississippi Delta.
In the West, warm weather favors fieldwork and crop development in the Pacific Coast States. Meanwhile, chilly conditions linger across the central and southern Rockies and parts of the Intermountain West.