Mild weather across the Heartland; beneficial moisture on the central, southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers extend southwestward from the upper Great Lakes region.  Due to unusually mild weather, rain is falling as far north as Lake Superior.  Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, mild, dry weather continues to promote late-season fieldwork, including final corn harvest efforts.  Friday’s high temperatures should reach 60°F as far north as the lower Ohio Valley.  

On the Plains, rain lingers early Friday from eastern Kansas to central Texas.  Meanwhile, wet snow is ending across the central and southern High Plains.  In drought-affected areas of the central and southern Plains, improved soil moisture is benefiting rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat.  Across the remainder of the region, including the northern Plains, mild, dry weather is maintaining generally favorable conditions for overwintering wheat.   

In the South, showers are confined to southern Florida.  Elsewhere, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork in advance of an approaching storm system.  In addition, warmth has returned across areas from the Mississippi Delta westward, with Friday’s high temperatures expected to exceed 75°F in Deep South Texas. 

In the West, some fog and air-stagnation issues linger across the northern half of the region beneath a sprawling area of high pressure.  Otherwise, mild, dry weather is promoting fieldwork, especially in winter agricultural areas of California and the Desert Southwest.   

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