In the West, rain is developing along the northern Pacific Coast in advance of a cold front. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather prevails. Short-term drought continues to develop across much of California and the Intermountain West, with adverse effects on agriculture (e.g. pasture conditions) and recreation (e.g. lack of high-elevation snow).
On the Plains, record-setting warmth continues, especially across the northern half of the region. Today’s high temperatures may exceed 60°F as far north as Montana’s High Plains. As a result, winter wheat remains exposed to potential weather extremes.
In the Corn Belt, chilly weather lingers across eastern areas, but mild air is gradually expanding across the remainder of the Midwest. In Ohio, frozen fields are allowing final corn harvest efforts to proceed.
In the South, freeze warnings are in effect this morning throughout Florida’s peninsula, except along the southeastern coastal region. Many producers are employing protective measures to help guard against damage to citrus, vegetables, strawberries, and other temperature-sensitive crops.
Outlook: Most of the nation will experience dry weather for the remainder of the week. By Thursday, snow showers downwind of the Great Lakes will end, while heavy precipitation in the Northwest will diminish. Meanwhile, mid-winter warmth will gradually expand eastward from the western and central U.S. However, before warm weather arrives, some additional frost can be expected on Thursday morning as far south as interior southern Florida. Late in the week, generally light precipitation will develop across the Southeast. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for January 9-13 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide,
except for cooler-than-normal conditions across Florida’s peninsula. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in parts of the Southeast and across the nation’s northern tier from Washington to Lake Superior.