In the West, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures favor fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and rice and cotton harvesting.

On the Plains, heavy rain is gradually ending across the southeastern portion of the region. Meanwhile, cold weather accompanies rain and snow showers on the northern Plains. The cold weather is slowing the emergence of recently planted winter wheat. This morning’s temperatures below the freezing mark (32 degrees F) as far south as northwestern Kansas, and were below 20 degrees F in much of Montana.

In the Corn Belt, the coldest air of the season (temperatures well below 32 degrees F) is overspreading the upper Midwest, ending the growing season for immature corn and soybeans. Meanwhile, rain persists across the southeastern half of the Midwest.

In the South, strong thunderstorms are moving into the northwestern portion of the region, including Arkansas, where some flash flooding is occurring. Meanwhile in the Southeast, very warm, dry weather favors fieldwork, especially in the southern Atlantic coastal plain.

Outlook: Heavy rain will end today from the southeastern Plains into the Ohio Valley, as showers diminish in intensity and shift into the East. Meanwhile, rain and snow will fall from northern and central Rockies and Plains into the upper Midwest. By early next week, heavy precipitation will develop along the Pacific Coast as far south as northern California. Cold air will continue to pour into the Plains and Midwest, eventually reaching most areas east of the Rockies. The growing season will end during the weekend or early next week as far south as the central Plains and the northwestern half of the Corn Belt. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for October 14-18 calls for below-normal temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S., while warmer-than normal weather will prevail in the West. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation throughout the North and East will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across the southern High Plains and the Southwest.

Weather Report: Cold In The Corn Belt, Rain In The South & On The Plains