A few showers linger eastern, southern-most Corn Belt; warm & largely dry points westward

Across the Corn Belt, a brief respite between storm systems is underway, although showers Friday morning linger across the Ohio Valley.  Dry weather is providing a short-lived window for fieldwork over the western Corn Belt before thunderstorms return late this weekend. 

On the Plains, mostly dry weather across central portions the region is bookended by showers on the northern Plains and locally severe thunderstorms to the south over far southern Texas and environs.   The warmth and dryness over the central Plains favor fieldwork and crop development, though winter wheat continues to struggle amid drought in Kansas.

In the South, sunny skies favor fieldwork and winter crop development, though a few scattered showers linger in southern Florida along a weak cold front.  However, showers t-storms are occurring in parts of the western Gulf Coast region where heavy to excessive rain (1-2 inches per hour) is expected.

In the West, warm, dry weather is accelerating fieldwork and crop development.  Much of the region remains free of drought, though pockets of Extreme Drought (D3) linger in the northern Rockies and the lower Four Corners region.  However, showers are signaling the arrival of much cooler temperatures in the Northwest.

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