Weather report: Rain, snow returns to the upper Midwest

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In the West, warmth is limited to areas from California to the southern Rockies, where the risk of wildfires remains elevated. Meanwhile, cold weather prevails across the Intermountain West and interior Northwest, where a variety of frost and freeze warnings are in effect. Snow lingers in Wyoming and neighboring areas.

On the Plains, a developing storm is centered over Texas’ northern panhandle. Dramatically cold air is overspreading the central and southern Plains, following Tuesday’s high temperatures that reached 97°F in Amarillo, Texas, and 91°F in Dodge City, Kansas. Farther north, a band of rain and snow has developed from eastern Colorado into Nebraska and southeastern South Dakota.

In the Corn Belt, stormy weather is returning to the upper Midwest, where a mixture of rain and snow is falling from Nebraska to southern Minnesota. In contrast, warm, dry weather prevails along and southeast of a line from Missouri to Michigan, allowing for a limited amount of corn planting to begin or resume.

In the South
, showers are confined to the central Gulf Coast States and southern Arkansas. Elsewhere, dry weather favors an acceleration of fieldwork, although a cluster of showers is approaching Florida’s peninsula.

Outlook: A developing storm over the nation’s mid-section will become cut off from atmospheric steering, causing the system to drift eastward into the Mid-South by week’s end and the Southeast early next week. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 2 to 4 inches across the east-central Plains, upper Midwest, lower and middle Mississippi Valley, and eastern Gulf Coast region. In addition, late-season snow will fall from the central Rockies into the upper Midwest. In contrast, little or no precipitation will occur in the Northeast and west of the Rockies. Unusually cool air will trail the storm, resulting in widespread freezes on May 2-3 as far south as the southern High Plains. Warm will linger, however, from the eastern Corn Belt into the Northeast. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 6-10 calls for above-normal temperatures in the West and Northeast, while cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail across much of the Corn Belt and from the central and southern Plains into the Southeast. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the central and southern Rockies, portions of the Intermountain West, and a broad area centered on the Carolinas.



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