In the West, an active weather pattern in the Pacific Northwest is resulting in showery, breezy weather. Elsewhere, dry weather has temporarily returned to northern California, while mild, dry conditions continue to promote autumn fieldwork from southern California into the Southwest.

On the Plains, a cold front stretching from the eastern Dakotas to western Texas is producing gusty winds. Wind advisories for gusts near 50 mph are in effect in several areas, including parts of the western Dakotas and the central High Plains. The windy conditions could result in blowing dust. Although the front is producing some light rain in the Dakotas, most of the Plains remain extremely dry.

In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching cold front. Today’s high temperatures will exceed 70°F in the southern Corn Belt, promoting off-season fieldwork.

In the South, warm, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton and soybean harvesting.

Outlook: Despite the passage of a pair of cold fronts, most of the nation will continue to experience warmer-thannormal weather through week’s end. However, there will be a brief, mid-week surge of cooler air from the Midwest into the East, followed by a late-week cool spell from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains. In contrast, early-week temperatures will approach 75°F in the southern Corn Belt and the southern Mid-Atlantic region. Early-week precipitation will develop across roughly the eastern half of the U.S., with rainfall amounts in excess of an inch possible in the Mid-South. Late in the week, some light snow may fall across the north-central U.S., but the remainder of the Plains will stay dry. Elsewhere, heavy precipitation will end by mid-week in the Northwest, but rain and snow showers will accompany colder weather toward week’s end. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for December 8-12 calls for warmer-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near- to below-normal temperatures from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains. Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal conditions across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with below-normal precipitation in the southern Atlantic region, the southern Plains, and much of the West.