In the West, cold weather lingers across the central and southern Rockies, while mild, dry weather prevails elsewhere. In California and the Desert Southwest, winter fieldwork is advancing.

On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails, except for some snow flurries across northern areas. Recent warmth on the northern and central High Plains eroded or eliminated winter wheat’s protective snow cover.

In the Corn Belt, patches of light snow accompany a gradual warming trend. During the recent cold outbreak, Midwestern winter wheat was protected by a shallow to moderately deep snow cover.

In the South, rain is developing in the western Gulf Coast region. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather favors off-season agricultural activities.

Outlook: For today, bitterly cold conditions will gradually ease across the Northeast as Arctic high pressure drifts offshore. Meanwhile, a complex storm system will begin to develop along the western Gulf Coast. During the next two days, a low-pressure system will track from the northern Gulf of Mexico to the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Significant snow can be expected from the southern Appalachians to coastal New England, while rain will fall farther south and east. Mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end across the remainder of the U.S., except for late-week snow showers in the Great Lakes region. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for January 29 – February 2 calls for below-normal temperatures nationwide, except along the Pacific Coast. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the nation will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in southern Texas, peninsular Florida, and the north-central U.S.