As for the Dakotas, Minnesota and points southward through the central Plains, a cold, active (wet) pattern will continue into mid-Spring. However, while there will be bouts of more seasonal temperatures, these will be few and far between, and most likely will occur from the lower Missouri Valley, and points southwestward. A higher than average frequency of severe weather outbreaks are expected on southern and eastern areas of the Plains. Do look for a drier late spring weather pattern except from the Missouri Valley, and areas northward as storm systems continue to frequent the region. Late-season snow cover and average to above-average amounts of precipitation may lead to low-land flooding and spring fieldwork delays. One benefit of this will be a steady and beneficial rise on regional steams and rives and their associated water sheds.
Continued wide swings
Elsewhere across the nation, it was a winter season of wide-ranging temperatures, as well as precipitation patterns across the Deep South, Southeast and mid-Atlantic region; and from Texas eastward through the mid-South and southeastern U.S. There's more of this to come, too.
While milder, more seasonal air masses may, on occasion, visit parts of the Southeast, a frequency of weather systems and their attendant cold air intrusions will likely keep barn thermometers on a wild ride into early spring. Thereafter, a welcome return to longer-lasting spells of more seasonal warmth and even a warmer-than-average pattern.
The warmer weather will improve crop growth and development. Dryness and drought areas have seen some improvement. However, this short-term tendency will yield to worsening soil moisture levels and expanding drought-related issues along the Gulf coast and extreme Southeast. Farther north, prospects for excessive rainfall totals may result in periodic flooding centered in Tennessee Valley and parts of the Ohio Valley.