Temps to vary; wet pattern ahead for the Heartland

A cold front currently crossing the Northwest will move eastward, reaching the Mississippi Valley by Tuesday.

Subsequently, a slowing of the eastward progression of the front will result in substantial rainfall (1 to 2 inches or more) from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast, excluding Florida.

Cool weather will accompany the rain. Farther west, however, building warmth across the nation’s mid-section, including parts of the western Corn Belt, should favor fieldwork. Warm weather will also continue in most areas from the Rockies westward, although cooler air will arrive late in the week across the Northwest.

Dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days across the nation’s southwestern quadrant, from California to the southern half of the High Plains.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or below-normal temperatures across the northern U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will cover the southern half of the country.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across most of the U.S. should contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in peninsular Florida, parts of Texas, and an area stretching from central California to Utah.

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