In the West, precipitation is mostly confined to the southern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather prevails, as drought continues to gradually expand and intensify.

On the Plains, beneficial light precipitation—mostly snow—is developing across Texas’ northern panhandle and neighboring areas. In contrast, unusually mild, dry weather covers the northern Plains.

In the Corn Belt, a final day of mid-winter “warmth” prevails in advance of a strong cold front. Today’s high temperatures will approach 40°F in much of the Midwest.

In the South, another band of showers is approaching winter agricultural areas of Deep South Texas, following beneficial, mid-week rainfall. Isolated showers linger across southern Florida, but cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the South.

Outlook: Toward week’s end, some of the coldest air of the winter season will overspread the Midwest and Northeast, preceded and accompanied by widespread snow showers. After the Arctic air arrives, snow squalls will linger downwind of the Great Lakes. Colder air will also arrive in most areas east of the Rockies, but generally mild weather will prevail in the West. During the next 5 days, no large-scale areas of heavy precipitation can be expected, although light rain and snow showers will affect much of the West. Early next week, rain will return to the western and central Gulf Coast States. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for February 14-18 calls for above-normal temperatures in the Dakotas and from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast, while colder-than-normal weather will prevail across the central and southern High Plains and the West. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation across much of the eastern half of the U.S. and from the Intermountain West to the central Plains will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions on the northern Plains and from California to western Texas.