In the West, mild, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching Pacific storm system. Fieldwork includes Northwestern spring wheat planting and—in California—cotton and rice planting.

On the Plains, cool weather is slowing the development of winter wheat and emerging summer crops. In addition, rain is falling across parts of the northern and central Plains, with some wet snow occurring in a few locations from eastern Colorado into the Dakotas.

In the Corn Belt, cool, damp conditions are limiting fieldwork opportunities, following a quick start to the corn planting season. Rain is falling in both the eastern Corn Belt and the upper Midwest.

In the South, tornado recovery efforts continue in a few areas, including central Mississippi. Strong thunderstorms linger in southern Florida, but a return to dry weather across much of the remainder of the region favors a return to fieldwork.

Outlook: Similar conditions to those experienced last week will unfold across the U.S. Stormy conditions will diminish early in the week across the East, followed by a return to unsettled weather across the West. As a result, locally severe thunderstorms will return to the nation’s mid-section and spread into the Midwest and Southeast during the mid- to late-week period. Rain and wet snow can be expected across the north-central U.S. Elsewhere, frost may be a concern with respect to fruit crops, winter wheat, and emerged summer crops in the Great Lakes and Northeastern States at mid-week, and the High Plains toward week’s end. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 1-5 calls for below-normal temperatures north and west of a line from the southern Rockies to the Great Lakes region, excluding the Pacific Coast States, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in the Southeast. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation virtually nationwide will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across Florida’s peninsula.