Weather

Mild, still unsettled for most of the Heartland; local flooding from the Midwest, southward

Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers in the lower Great Lakes region, including much of Lower Michigan, while some mixed precipitation (rain and wet snow) is falling in the upper Mississippi Valley.  Temperatures are above normal for this time of year, although fog, melting snow, and muddy conditions are locally hampering rural travel.  In addition, river flooding is occurring in some areas, with the Kankakee River near Wilmington, Illinois, less than one-half foot from a record crest.  

On the Plains, fog persists from the Dakotas to Texas, especially in areas—mainly on the central Plains—where snow remains on the ground.  Meanwhile, rain showers are developing on the southern High Plains.  Across the Plains, Friday’s high temperatures should range from near 32°F in parts of the eastern Dakotas to 60°F or higher in central Texas.  Some of the most significant remaining snow on the ground exists across eastern Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota, with a few locations still reporting depths of 6 inches or greater. 

In the South, warm, mostly dry weather prevails between storms, although a few showers are occurring along the Gulf Coast.  Friday’s high temperatures will reach 80°F or higher across Florida’s peninsula.  In the wake of recent downpours, scattered river flooding is occurring in the western and central Gulf Coast States.

In the West, generally light snow is falling in the central and southern Rockies.  Meanwhile, a new round of storminess is spreading inland along the northern Pacific Coast, where above-normal temperatures continue to support significant snow being confined to high-elevation sites.

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