In the West, cool weather lingers across the central and southern Rockies. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including Northwestern winter grain planting and Southwestern cotton harvesting.

On the Plains, scattered showers are confined to western Kansas and eastern portions of Colorado and South Dakota. Across the remainder of the northern Plains, warm, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including spring wheat harvesting and winter wheat planting.

In the Corn Belt, showers are heaviest across the upper Midwest. Wet weather is slowing early-season harvesting, but corn and soybeans continue to approach or reach maturity under favorably mild conditions.

In the South, showers in the vicinity of a cold front are affecting the northern and western fringe of the region, from the southern Mid-Atlantic region to eastern Texas. Dry weather temporarily prevails in the Southeast, allowing for flood recovery efforts to continue in northern Georgia and environs.

Outlook: During the next 3 days, a slow-moving storm system will drift from the central Plains into the Northeast, producing as much as 1 to 3 inches of rain from the Mississippi Valley eastward. During the weekend, warmth will briefly expand across much of the U.S., but a strong cold front will race across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. By early next week, frost may occur from the northern Plains into the upper Great Lakes region. A second surge of cold air will arrive across the nation’s mid-section late next week, with additional frost possible across the northwestern half of the Plains. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for September 30 – October 4 calls for below-normal temperatures across the northern High Plains and the West, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in much of the eastern half of the U.S. Meanwhile, above-normal rainfall in the East will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across the remainder of the nation, except for near-normal precipitation in the Southwest.

Weather Report: Showers In The Corn Belt, Cool Across The Rockies