In the West, rain and high-elevation snow showers are affecting the Northwest and the Intermountain region. Dry weather has returned to California, although below-normal temperatures continue to limit crop growth.

On the Plains, warm, dry weather in Montana and the Dakotas contrasts with cool conditions across the remainder of the region. The northern Plains’ warmth is beneficial for the development of winter wheat and spring-sown small grains.

In the Corn Belt, warm, dry air continues to expand across the upper Midwest, promoting fieldwork and summer crop emergence. However, cool, showery weather lingers across the eastern Corn Belt.

In the South, showers and thunderstorms are affecting southern Texas and the southern Mid-Atlantic coastal plain. Between areas of stormy weather, mild, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork, including cotton, peanut, and soybean planting.

Outlook:
For the remainder of the week, a pair of slow-moving storms will influence the nation’s weather conditions. Cool, showery conditions will subside after mid-week in the East, but wet weather will return to the nation’s mid-section. During the next 5 days, additional rainfall could exceed 2 inches in several locations from the central and southern Plains into the Mid-Atlantic States. Meanwhile, mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end in the Southwest and upper Midwest. By early next week, cool conditions will intensify across the West, while warmth will expand across the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 23-27 calls for above-normal temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S. (excluding the southern Atlantic region), while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail in much of the West. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions across Florida’s peninsula and northern and central portions of the Rockies and Plains.