Wide-ranging weather covers the Heartland


Wide-ranging weather covers the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, snow remains on the ground, except in parts of the Missouri Valley. Early Tuesday, cold weather and a few snow showers linger across the eastern Corn Belt. However, mild air is overspreading other parts of the Midwest. Later Tuesday, high temperatures should approach or reach 60°F in the middle and lower Missouri Valley.

On the Plains, high winds are raking parts of Montana and are spreading into the Dakotas. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather across the central and southern Plains has eliminated any recently fallen snow. Despite last week’s precipitation in Texas, poor crop conditions persist; on February 6, more than two-thirds of the state’s winter wheat (71%) and oats (67%) were rated in very poor to poor condition, along with 66% of the rangeland and pastures.

In the South, rain is mainly confined to northern Florida. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region, except for warm, humid conditions across the southern tip of Florida. Any lingering snow cover is confined to the northern Mississippi Delta and the Ozark Plateau.

In the West, record-setting warmth has developed across portions of coastal southern California, where Tuesday’s high temperatures could exceed 80°F. Dry weather prevails throughout the West, perpetuating concerns that drought could persist in many areas through a third consecutive winter, despite periods of wet weather in October and December 2021.