In the West, dry weather has returned to northern California, following the recent barrage of storms. Currently, scattered rain and snow showers are limited to the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere in the West, mild, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork, including late-season cotton harvesting in Arizona.

On the Plains, mild, mostly dry, breezy weather is maintaining significant stress on rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat.

In the Corn Belt, a few rain showers dot the upper Midwest in conjunction with the passage of a weak cold front. Despite the cold front’s presence, temperatures remain well above normal for this time of year throughout the Midwest.

In the South, isolated rain showers are confined to the southern Atlantic region. Cool weather in the Atlantic Coast States contrasts with late-season warmth farther west. Autumn fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting, is nearing completion in the Southeast.

Outlook: By week’s end, portions of the northern and central Plains and upper Midwest will experience limited drought relief in the form of a snow storm. Snow will overspread portions of the northern and central Plains on December 8 and reach parts of the upper Midwest and upper Great Lakes region by December 9-10. Meanwhile, heavy rain (locally 2 to 4 inches) will erupt in the storm’s warm sector, in the lower Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. Significantly colder air will trail the storm, resulting in much-below-normal temperatures late in the weekend and early next week across the nation’s mid-section. Elsewhere, generally dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days from California to the southern Plains, while occasional showers will affect the Pacific Northwest and the Rockies. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for December 11-15 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for colder-than-normal conditions in portions of the northern Plains and the Northwest. Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation from California to the central and southern Plains will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the East and across the nation’s northern tier.