Weather report: Still dry in the Corn Belt

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In the West, precipitation associated with a Pacific storm is overspreading northern and central California and the Pacific Northwest. Elsewhere, warmth continues to promote spring fieldwork but cause some premature melting of mountain snow packs.

On the Plains, showers linger across the southeastern corner of the region. In recent days, drought-stressed rangeland, pastures, and winter grains across the southern Plains have experienced some relief. Dry weather prevails elsewhere, although mild weather on the northern and central High Plains contrasts with cool conditions on the eastern Plains.

In the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails. A cold front draped across the region is helping to draw cold air back into the upper Midwest, following a brief respite. Most Midwestern fieldwork remains on hold, in part due to low soil temperatures.

In the South, widespread showers are slowing fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable soil moisture levels for pastures and emerging summer crops.

Outlook: A storm system currently centered along the Gulf Coast will produce additional rainfall of 1 to 2 inches in the Southeast. During the weekend, dry weather will return to the South, while rain and snow showers will spread across the nation’s northern tier. By early next, week, a new storm system will develop across the nation’s mid-section, with significant precipitation possible across the central Plains and Midwest. Meanwhile, temperatures will begin to recover, reaching near- to above-normal levels across much of the nation by early next week. However, cold weather will persist across parts of the northern U.S. Elsewhere, showery weather in the Northwest could result in as much as 1 to 4 inches of precipitation, while little or no precipitation can be expected during the next 5 days from southern California to the southern High Plains. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for April 9-13 calls for near-to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions across the High Plains and central and southern Rockies. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation from the Plains to the East Coast will contrast with drier-than-normal weather in much of the West.

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