Wide-ranging weather, temps across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, dry, breezy conditions are spreading across the upper Midwest, where a significant snow cover exists. Meanwhile, central and eastern sections of Corn Belt are experiencing a mix of rain and wet snow, as well as muddy conditions due to thawing of previously frozen fields.

On the Plains, dry weather and seasonable temperatures prevail in the wake of a departing storm system. Approximately 12% of the nation’s winter wheat production area is experiencing drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, mainly across the southern half of the Plains.

In the South, rain showers are spreading across areas east of the Mississippi River. Cool, dry weather covers the western Gulf Coast region, but temperatures have rebounded to above-normal levels in the Southeast. Runoff from earlier downpours has pushed the Mississippi River at Natchez, Mississippi, to nearly 4½ feet above flood stage. However, the river in that location is still almost 5½ feet below the highest level observed last year: 9.91 feet above flood stage on March 12.

In the West, heavy precipitation has ended across the Pacific Northwest, but scattered rain and snow showers linger. Isolated showers extend as far south as northern California and as far east as the northern Rockies. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather prevails from central and southern California into the Southwest.

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