In the West, colder air is spilling across the northern Rockies. However, unfavorably dry conditions persist across the interior Northwest, despite cooler weather. Dry weather throughout the West favors autumn fieldwork, although the season’s first snow is falling in Montana.

On the Plains, markedly colder air is spreading across northern areas, accompanied by rain and snow showers. Portions of the northern Plains have not received measurable precipitation since the first half of August. Meanwhile on the central and southern Plains, warm weather prevails in advance of a strong cold front.

In the Corn Belt, isolated showers dot eastern portions of the region. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors a record-setting pace of corn and soybean harvesting.

In the South, showers linger along the Atlantic Seaboard. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, following recent rainfall. Southeastern pastures remain the lushest in the U.S., with at least 40% rated good to excellent in Tennessee and every Gulf and Atlantic coastal state from Louisiana to Maryland.

Outlook: Some heavy showers will linger today across Florida, but significant rainfall has largely ended in the East. Meanwhile, a strong cold front will continue to cross the Plains and Midwest, accompanied by scattered showers. Heavy snow will fall through mid-week along the eastern slopes of the northern Rockies. Later in the week, snow may also blanket portions of eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota. Toward week’s end, widespread freezes can be expected as far south as the central High Plains and the upper Midwest, while belownormal temperatures will encompass the majority of the U.S. During the weekend, lingering warmth will be limited to the Far West and lower Southeast. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for October 8-12 calls for near- to belownormal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal weather in southern Texas and the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetterthan- normal conditions in Florida, southern portions of the Rockies and High Plains, and from the lower Great Lakes region into the Northeast.