In the West, a plume of moisture stretches from the Oregon coast to the northern Rockies, generating rain and snow showers. Cool conditions linger across the Northwest and the southern Rockies, but warm weather is returning to the Intermountain West.

On the Plains, warm weather is returning to the northern half of the region, but chilly conditions persist farther south. Starkly contrasting conditions exist across the southern Plains, ranging from significant drought across western areas to flooding in some eastern river basins. Currently, beneficial showers dot the southern High Plains, while lingering rain is aggravating the flood situation in eastern sections of Oklahoma and Texas.

In the Corn Belt, record-setting warmth continues across the eastern half of the region. Slightly cooler weather prevails in the western Corn Belt, while rain showers stretch from Missouri into the upper Great Lakes region.

In the South, a band of heavy rain is causing flooding and travel disruptions across parts of Arkansas and Louisiana. The leading edge of heavy rain is inching into the lower Mississippi Valley. Farther east, recordsetting warmth continues to promote a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development, although drought remains a concern across the lower Southeast.

Outlook: Rain associated with a slow-moving storm will gradually shift northward and eastward, away from flooded areas of the southeastern Plains and Mid-South. However, additional rainfall could total 2 to 5 inches in the central Gulf Coast region. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches can be expected on the central High Plains and parts of the Midwest. Toward week’s end, 1- to 3-inch rainfall totals may occur in the Mid-Atlantic States. Elsewhere, much of the U.S. will continue to experience above-normal to record-setting temperatures, with warmth returning to the southern Plains and parts of the West. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for March 26-30 calls for warmer-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near- to below-normal temperatures in the Far West, and nearnormal temperatures in southern Florida and the Northeast. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation in parts of Texas and from the Pacific Northwest into the Midwest will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the Southwest, Southeast, and Atlantic Coast States.