According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, little to no change was observed to area impacted by drought across the Central and Southern Plains. Kansas has 64.91% of its area covered by drought (unchanged), with 95.6% of Oklahoma covered by drought (95.5% last week) and 7.7% of Texas (7.8% last week).
The monitor notes that overall, the South region was dry over the past week, accompanied by above-normal temps in all but the western portions of Texas, which trended cooler-than-normal.
Southern Plains to remain dry
Looking ahead, the seven-day forecast calls for moderate-to-heavy rainfall in the lower elevations of central and northern California as well as Oregon while significant mountain snowfall accumulations are forecast for the higher elevations of the Sierra, Cascades of Oregon and Washington and the northern Rockies of Idaho and western Wyoming. "Moving eastward, lesser precipitation accumulations (less than 1.5 inches) are forecast for northern portions of Alabama and Mississippi, Kentucky and Tennessee," it states. "Conversely, dry conditions are expected across the southwestern U.S. and western portions of the Southern Plains and Texas."