In the West, snow showers accompany a surge of cold air into Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork in California and the Desert Southwest.
On the Plains, warm weather is promoting some late-season winter wheat growth as far north as eastern Colorado and western Kansas. Meanwhile, a strong cold front is bearing down on the northern Plains, preceded by light snow.
In the Corn Belt, an early-season snow storm is winding down across the lower Great Lakes region. The rain-changing-to-snow storm has resulted in an indefinite suspension of fieldwork across much of the eastern Corn Belt, where nearly one-quarter (24%) of Ohio’s corn had not been harvested by November 27.
In the South, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of the recent storm. This morning’s temperatures dipped to the freezing mark (32°F) nearly to the central Gulf Coast. On November 27 in the southern Atlantic States, the soybean harvest ranged from 59 to 77% complete (in South Carolina and Virginia, respectively), while winter wheat planting ranged from 70 to 89% complete (in Georgia and North Carolina, respectively).
Outlook: An area of low pressure and its attendant cold front currently over the Northwest will bring light to moderate snow to northern and central portions of the Rockies and Plains. Precipitation will diminish as the front pushes south and east, leaving the eastern half of the nation dry and increasingly mild in the wake of a departing storm system. During the latter half of the week, a second, stronger front will bring a reinforcing shot of cold air to the Plains. As this front stalls, moisture from the Gulf coupled with an upper-air disturbance moving out of the Southwest will produce a swath of snow from the Four Corners into the central Plains and upper Midwest, while locally heavy showers develop from the southern Plains into the central Corn Belt. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for December 5-9 calls for colder- and mostly drier-than-normal weather from the Plains to the Pacific Coast. In contrast, near-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation are expected east of the Mississippi.