In the West, a band of rain and snow stretches from the northern Great Basin into California's Central Valley. The rain and snow showers are falling in some of the driest areas of the West, but much more precipitation is needed to revive pastures and improve spring and summer water-supply prospects. Cool, dry weather prevails elsewhere, except for some light snow in the southern Rockies.
On the Plains, a developing storm over southwestern Kansas is producing light precipitation. A few snow showers dot the northern Plains, while a little bit of light rain is falling on the central and southern Plains.
In the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather prevails, although light precipitation is encroaching on the region from the south and west.
In the South, warm, dry weather favors the growth of pastures and winter grains, except where soil moisture is inadequate to support normal development. Today's high temperatures will exceed 80°F in southern portions of Texas and Florida. Drought continues to intensify in the southern Atlantic region.
Outlook: A storm system currently over the central Plains will drift northeastward, reaching the Great Lakes region on Thursday. The storm will produce some wet snow in the Midwest and rain across the South and East. Meanwhile, a second storm will begin to take shape toward week's end along the Gulf Coast. Rainfall associated with the second storm may provide drought relief from the Gulf Coast region into parts of the Southeast. However, there is uncertainty in the Mid-Atlantic region with respect to the storm's eventual impacts, which could include rain and snow. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for February 20-24 calls for above-normal temperatures east of the Mississippi River, while colder-than-normal weather will prevail from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from California and Oregon to the Four Corners States.