Cold wave covers the Corn Belt, moderation to the west

Across the Corn Belt, frigid weather prevails. Friday morning’s low temperatures fell to 0° or below as far south as central Missouri and plunged below -20° in portions of the upper Great Lakes region. Across the southern and eastern Corn Belt, a shallow snow cover is helping to provide soft red winter wheat with some protection from the sudden cold wave. Currently, a few snow showers linger across the eastern Corn Belt.

On the Plains, temperatures are starting to recover, although sub-zero temperatures linger early Friday in the eastern Dakotas. In contrast, mild, windy weather is developing across the northern High Plains.

In the South, rain lingers across the lower Southeast. Warmth prevails across Florida’s peninsula, but cool, breezy weather covers the remainder of the South. In fact, Friday morning’s temperatures fell below 10° across portions of the Ozark Plateau. Minor to moderate flooding is being observed at well over 100 Southern river gauges, with major flooding occurring in parts of the Tombigbee River basin in eastern Mississippi and western Alabama.

In the West, rain and snow showers are spreading inland across the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies. Dry weather covers the remainder of the region, while warmth dominates California and the Great Basin.

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