In the West, mild weather prevails. From the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, high winds accompany scattered rain and snow showers. Unfavorably dry weather covers the remainder of the region.

On the Plains, mild, breezy weather prevails. Isolated rain and snow showers are confined to the northern High Plains. In the wake of recent precipitation, gradual drought recovery continues on the southern Plains. In Texas, 59% of the rangeland and pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on February 19, along with 36% of the winter wheat.

In the Corn Belt, mild weather is melting any remaining snow cover, except across the northern tier of the region. Early today, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, had a 2-inch snow depth. A few light rain and snow showers stretch from Iowa to near the Indiana-Michigan border.

In the South, warm weather is promoting early-season fieldwork, including spring planting preparations. Precipitation is limited to drizzle in southern Texas and showers and thunderstorms crossing Tennessee.

Outlook: Mid-week warmth across most of the U.S. will be replaced by colder conditions late in the week across the Plains and the Northwest. During the weekend, colder air will settle across the South, East, and Midwest. Early next week, a new surge of cold air will arrive across the Plains and upper Midwest, where sub-zero temperatures should be expected. In advance of next week’s cold blast, a winter storm may produce significant, wind-driven snow across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Elsewhere, significant precipitation will be confined to the Northwest and the eastern one-third of the U.S., while dry weather will prevail from central and southern California to the southern Plains. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for February 27 – March 2 calls for near- to below-normal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal weather in the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation across the northern High Plains and the Northwest, and from the central Gulf Coast States into the lower Great Lakes region and much of the Northeast, will contrast with drier-thannormal conditions in the southern Atlantic region and from southern California to the central and southern Plains.