In the West, warmer weather is promoting winter wheat development and the emergence of recently planted summer crops. Isolated showers linger across the Northwest.

On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms are affecting areas from eastern Nebraska to western Texas. Meanwhile, snow has ended across Montana’s High Plains, where winter grains are benefiting from the boost in soil moisture.

In the Corn Belt, a band of showers and thunderstorms stretches across the upper Midwest. Elsewhere, early-season corn planting and other spring fieldwork activities continue under a warm, dry weather regime.

In the South, isolated showers are confined to southern portions of Texas and Florida. Elsewhere, mild,  dry weather favors fieldwork, including planting activities for crops such as corn, cotton, rice, and sorghum. However, rain is needed in some areas to promote crop emergence and establishment.

Outlook: Frost advisories are in effect again this morning in parts of the northern Mid-Atlantic region. For the remainder of the week, however, warmth will spread from the Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic States. By early next week, a return to cool conditions across the South and East will contrast with warmer-than-normal weather in the West. During the next 5 days, mostly dry weather will prevail across the northern Plains and the Southeast. Showers will linger in Texas and shift from the Midwest into the Northeast. Early next week, wet weather will return to the Northwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for April 20-24 calls for below normal temperatures in southern Florida, the Northeast, and much of the West, while warmer-than-normal conditions will prevail across the central one-third of the U.S. Meanwhile, drier-than-normal weather from the Midwest into the Northeast will contrast with near- to above-normal precipitation across the Plains, South, and West.