In the West, dry weather prevails, despite widespread cloudiness. Mild weather has returned to the northern Rockies and the West Coast States in advance of an approaching Pacific storm system. In California, fieldwork includes harvesting of cotton (65% complete on November 6) and rice (90% complete).

On the Plains, chilly conditions prevail this morning, with some sub-15°F readings reported in parts of Nebraska and the Dakotas. However, the cold air is starting to erode, with mild air overspreading Montana. The northern Plains’ winter wheat would benefit from late-season warmth to promote further growth.

In the Corn Belt, lingering snow showers are mostly confined to the upper Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, cold, dry weather prevails. Fieldwork delays persist in parts of the eastern Corn Belt, including Ohio, where 83% of the acreage intended for winter wheat had been planted by November 6. In addition, the corn harvest was just 34% complete in Ohio and 53% complete in Michigan.

In the South, isolated showers are causing only minor fieldwork delays, although cooler air is arriving. Fieldwork includes winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting.

Outlook: For today, significant precipitation (1 to 2 inches) will be confined to New England, although snow showers will linger across the Great Lakes region. During the weekend, cool, stormy weather will engulf parts of the West. Some of the heaviest precipitation (1 to 3 inches) will fall from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, although showers may also affect coastal California and parts of Arizona. Meanwhile, warmth will gradually expand from the nation’s mid-section to the East Coast. By early next week, locally heavy precipitation will develop from Texas into the Ohio Valley. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for November 15-19 calls for belownormal temperatures across the northern Plains and the West, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in the South, East, and lower Midwest. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation in the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across Florida’s peninsula and southern portions of the Rockies and High Plains.