In the West, dry weather prevails. Cool conditions cover the Rockies and the Northwest, but mild weather stretches from California to the Rio Grande Valley. Despite above-normal reservoir storage in much of the West, concerns are mounting—especially from California to the central Rockies—with respect to meager mountain snow packs and developing drought.
On the Plains, patches of light snow dot northern and central portions of the region. Nevertheless, most of the winter wheat crop lacks a protective snow cover, although temperatures remain above average.
In the Corn Belt, a mild weather pattern continues. Lowland flooding is underway in several river basins across the eastern Corn Belt, following the latest round of significant rainfall.
In the South, showers and thunderstorms are providing drought relief in the southern Atlantic coastal plain. Mild, dry weather has returned to the remainder of the region, following recent rainfall.
Outlook: A storm system centered over the lower Great Lakes region will drift northeastward, reaching the Canadian Maritimes on Saturday. Wintry weather will end tonight across northern New England, although snow showers will linger into the weekend in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. Farther south, beneficial showers will continue through the weekend across southern Florida. Elsewhere, significant precipitation will be confined to the Northwest, while dry weather will prevail into early next week from California to the Plains and into the Southeast. Generally above-normal temperatures weather will accompany the tranquil weather. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for February 1-5 calls for warmer-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near-normal temperatures across Florida’s peninsula. Meanwhile, drier-than-normal conditions across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with near- to above-normal precipitation from the Great Lakes region into New England.