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Spring-like weather builds across the Heartland

On the Plains, spring-like weather continues. Friday’s high temperatures will again top 70° as far north as portions of the central Plains. On the northern Plains, mild weather in areas that have experienced a snowy winter could reduce the risk of spring flooding by extending the melt season over a longer period of time.

Across the Corn Belt, mild air is arriving, following a brief cool spell. Later Friday, temperatures could reach 70° as far north as the middle Mississippi Valley. While most of the Midwest has adequate to locally surplus soil moisture heading into spring, drought has begun to develop in the middle Mississippi Valley.

In the South, warm, dry weather favors early-season fieldwork and an accelerated rate of development for crops such as winter grains and blooming fruit trees, as well as an increased vulnerability of a variety of ornamentals and crops to potential spring freeze injury.

In the West, the leading edge of a potent Pacific storm is arriving in central and southern California. Currently, rainfall intensity and winds are increasing in the path of the storm, leading to an enhanced risk of flash flooding, mudslides, and local power outages. Meanwhile, rain and snow showers linger in the Northwest.

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