In the West, cool, wet weather persists from the northern portions of the Rockies and Great Basin into the Pacific Northwest, slowing winter wheat development but further improving soil moisture and spring runoff prospects. In contrast, increasingly warm, dry weather across the Southwest is maintaining drought concerns.

On the Plains, showers linger in northern portions of the region, benefiting Montana’s winter wheat. Dry, warmer-than-normal weather prevails across the central and southern Great Plains.

In the Corn Belt, showers are improving soil moisture across Upper Midwest, while dry, warm weather elsewhere is promoting fieldwork and early summer crop establishment.

In the South, showers are providing some drought relief from the northeastern Gulf Coast into the central Appalachians, while unfavorably dry weather continues to adversely impact winter grains, pastures, and summer crops across the Atlantic Coastal Plain.

Outlook: An area of mostly light showers will drift across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, while a series of weak disturbances maintain unsettled weather from the Pacific Northwest into the central and northern Plains and Upper Midwest. As the week progresses, there are indications that a storm will develop in the Gulf and move slowly northeast, shifting the focus for rain – which could become potentially heavy – into the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast States by the weekend. In contrast, dry, increasingly hot weather will expand across much of the West, even reaching the Pacific Northwest by week’s end. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for April 23-27 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures from the Great Basin into the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Cooler-than-normal conditions are expected along the Eastern Seaboard and in the Southwest. Meanwhile, drier-than-normal weather is expected across much of the central and southern U.S., with near- to above-normal precipitation mostly confined to the nation’s northern and western tier.