In the West, snow lingers across the northern Intermountain region, mainly in northern Utah and eastern Idaho. Unusually cool weather covers the remainder of the West. Frost and freeze warnings are in effect this morning for a few coastal and valley locations in Oregon and California.
On the Plains, cold, snowy weather across Montana’s High Plains contrasts with dry weather and near- to above-normal temperatures across the remainder of the region. Montana’s wind-driven snow is disrupting travel and stressing livestock, but providing much-needed moisture for pastures and winter wheat.
In the Corn Belt, mild weather across the upper Midwest contrasts with chilly conditions in the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes region. Freezes were noted this morning in many locations north and east of a line from eastern Iowa to Ohio. As a result, producers continue to monitor blooming fruits and other temperaturesensitive crops for signs of freeze damage that may have occurred since cooler weather arrived in late March.
In the South, showers linger across the Carolinas, but dry weather has returned to the remainder of the region. In the drought-affected lower Southeast, additional rain is needed for pastures, winter grains, and emerging summer crops, as well as to curb the threat of wildfires.
Outlook: Markedly warmer air will arrive in the West during the weekend, resulting in above-normal temperatures by Sunday. Farther east, however, the freeze threat will persist into Saturday morning in the Ohio Valley, lower Great Lakes region, and portions of the Mid-Atlantic States. In addition, another surge of cold air will arrive next week across the Midwest and East, further threatening fruits and other freeze-sensitive crops. Elsewhere, snow will subside later today across the northern High Plains, but scattered, late-week showers and thunderstorms will develop on the southern Plains. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for April 12-16 calls for above-normal temperatures across the Rockies and Plains, while cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail in the Far West and much of the East. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-thannormal weather in the lower Southeast, from Arizona to western Texas, and from the lower Great Lakes region into the Northeast.