Weather, field conditions vary across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, rainy weather is maintaining soggy field conditions in the Ohio Valley. Mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the region, except for patches of light snow across the far upper Midwest. Snow remains on the ground across much of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin.

On the Plains, mostly dry but breezy weather prevails. Snow has largely disappeared across the northern High Plains, but a deep snow cover persists in parts of the Dakotas. Farther south, winter grains in drought-affected areas of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and northern Texas are benefiting from improved soil moisture following recent precipitation.

In the South, rain stretches northeastward from the central Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, unusual warmth prevails across the southern Atlantic region, including Florida, well in advance of an approaching cold front.

In the West, showery weather persists along the northern Pacific Coast, where another round of precipitation is spreading inland. However, above-normal temperatures accompany the Northwestern precipitation, limiting the accumulation of mountain snowpack. In much of the Pacific Northwest, snowpack is less than 50% of the early-January average.

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