In the West, snow is gradually ending across the southern Rockies. Dry weather prevails elsewhere, while mild conditions are returning to the West Coast States.

On the Plains, much-needed precipitation is benefiting newly planted winter wheat in eastern New Mexico, northern Texas, and Oklahoma. Rain has changed to snow on the southern High Plains as far south as Amarillo, Texas, where this morning’s snow depth was 2 inches. Meanwhile, snow has ended on the central High Plains, where today’s low temperatures generally ranged from 15 to 25°F.

In the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails, while showers linger across the southeastern half of the region. Corn and soybean harvest activities are nearing completion in western Corn Belt and the upper Midwest.

In the South, colder air is beginning to enter the region from the north and west. However, warm, dry weather continues to promote winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting across the Deep South.

Outlook: Temperatures will quickly rebound to above-normal levels during the weekend and early next week from the Pacific Coast to the Plains. Chilly conditions will linger, however, in the East. In addition, the Northeast’s first major snow threat will occur during the weekend, with a significant, early-season storm possible from the northern Mid-Atlantic States into southern New England. The storm may also result in heavy rain (locally 2 to 4 inches) across Florida’s peninsula. Elsewhere, generally light precipitation will spread from the southern Plains into the Southeast before subsiding, while wet weather will return to the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 1-5 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Southeast and from the Pacific Northwest to the northern and central Rockies. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across the Southwest, the central and southern Plains, and the lower Mississippi Valley.