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Drought issues continue on the Great Plains

On the Plains, slightly cooler air is arriving across Montana and the Dakotas, but warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the nation’s mid-section. Drought impacts on rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat remain a concern across portions of the central and southern Plains. On March 12, Oklahoma’s rangeland and pastures were rated 35% very poor to poor.

Across the Corn Belt, light precipitation—a mix of rain and snow—is falling in the vicinity of a warm front. Cool conditions linger in the eastern Corn Belt, but mild air is spreading across areas west of the Mississippi River.

In the South, Freeze Warnings are in effect again early Friday in the southern Atlantic States as far south as northern Florida. In most cases, Southeastern temperatures are not as low as those observed on Thursday morning. Nevertheless, producers continue to monitor peaches, blueberries, strawberries, and other sensitive crops for signs of freeze injury, following a third consecutive night of unusually cold weather.

In the West, the spring snow-melt season is underway amid a warm, dry weather regime, except in the Pacific Northwest. In conjunction with a pending storm, showers are approaching the northern Pacific Coast.

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