In the West, heavy precipitation continues along and near the Pacific Coast as far south as northwestern California. However, key watershed areas from the Sierra Nevada to the central Rockies remain dry. Elsewhere, a freeze warning is in effect again this morning in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
On the Plains, extreme cold is stressing livestock across northern areas. This morning’s temperatures fell to 0°F as far south as Nebraska and generally ranged from -10 to -20°F in Montana and North Dakota. In contrast, unusually warm weather prevails on the southern Plains, where today’s highs will exceed 70°F.
In the Corn Belt, snow showers precede and accompany an Arctic cold front, which stretches from Michigan to Missouri. In the front’s wake, bitterly cold weather across the upper Midwest is increasing livestock stress. This morning’s low temperatures fell below -20°F in parts of Minnesota.
In the South, warm air is expanding eastward, although chilly conditions linger along the Atlantic Coast. In the southern Atlantic region, drought continues to develop and intensify.
Outlook: A pool of bitterly cold air over the northern Plains and upper Midwest will move eastward, reaching the Great Lakes and Northeastern States on Friday. By early next week, temperatures will rebound to near- to abovenormal levels across most of the nation. Meanwhile, the Western storm track will gradually shift southward, bringing much-needed precipitation to the Sierra Nevada and the Intermountain region. During the next 5 days, additional precipitation could reach 6 to 10 inches in the Pacific Northwest, 3 to 6 inches in the Sierra Nevada, and 2 to 4 inches in the northern Rockies and northern Intermountain West. Farther east, a late-week storm could produce as much as 1 to 2 inches of precipitation across the eastern one-third of the U.S., with snow and sleet expected across parts of the Midwest and Northeast. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for January 24-28 calls for warmer-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near-normal temperatures in the Northwest. Meanwhile, nearto above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the lower Southeast and from southern California to the central and southern High Plains.