Cooler; a calmer day of weather across the Heartland, centered on the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, Thursday’s thunderstorms, which carried into the overnight hours, produced wind damage, large hail, and several tornadoes from Missouri to Ohio.  With Midwestern rain having ended, storm recovery efforts are underway.  Although temperatures have fallen from recent, record-setting levels, warmer-than-normal weather continues, with Friday’s Midwestern high temperatures expected to range from 50 to 60°F.

On the Plains, wet snow lingers in parts of Colorado adjacent to the Rockies, including Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.  By midnight Friday, Colorado Springs had received more than 10 inches of snow.  Meanwhile, cool, dry air has pushed as far south as northern Texas, while scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are affecting the remainder of the state.  Farther north, windy conditions are developing across parts of Montana and the Dakotas, with gusts to 50 mph possible.

In the South, overnight thunderstorms resulted in localized wind and hail damage from northeastern Texas into Arkansas.  Strong to locally severe thunderstorms continue Friday in many of the same areas, extending as far east as the Tennessee Valley.  Heavy rain accompanying the thunderstorms is disrupting spring fieldwork and leading to pockets of flash flooding.  Rainfall totals of 3 to 5 inches or more have been noted in parts of southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana.

In the West, late-season snow continues in higher elevations of the Four Corners States, while some rain showers are affecting the Desert Southwest.  The snow is especially beneficial in areas of the Southwest—mainly in Arizona and New Mexico—still experiencing drought.  Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the West, with breezy conditions affecting much of California and the Great Basin.

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