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Wet, active weather returns to parts of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, light freezes occurred Friday morning in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, possibly burning back summer crops that had emerged in recent days. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are pushing across the southwestern Corn Belt, accompanied and trailed by a surge of cooler air.

On the Plains, light freezes were noted early Friday in parts of North Dakota and environs, possibly burning back recently emerged summer crops. Meanwhile, a chilly mix of rain and wet snow is falling across the central High Plains. Finally, portions of the central and southern Plains are beginning recovery efforts from Thursday’s severe thunderstorms, which produced local wind and hail damage, along with isolated tornadoes.

In the South, warm weather prevails in advance of an approaching storm system. A few showers are returning across the mid-South, where fields had begun to dry out in the wake of late-April and early-May downpours. In contrast, drought continues to intensify in the lower Southeast, including much of Florida’s peninsula.

In the West, snow lingers across the central Rockies. Except for a return to warm weather near the Pacific Coast, very cool conditions persist. Freezes were noted this morning across parts of the Intermountain West.

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