U.S. Midwest farmers awaiting the start of harvest can expect cool conditions ahead. But no frost is seen in the near future, according to Freese-Notis Weather Inc.
On Wednesday, a few scattered showers are expected in the southwest portion of the Corn Belt. Otherwise, the next rain chance will be Friday and Saturday across the region ahead of a cool front.
No frost is expected this week. There will, however, be some lows in the mid- to upper-30s range for the west and central Corn Belt tomorrow morning, and central and east Wednesday morning.
With the Midwestern farmers getting set to start the 2014 corn and soybean harvest season any day now, this week's weather is expected to trend warmer and drier in the Midwest.
The coolest morning for this week will be Tuesday morning, with a few upper 30s far northwest. But there is no frost threat this week, as a gradual warming trend to near-normal temps will take place after a minor cooling trend Monday.
Tonight, this weak low pressure center will begin its approach towards Illinois, with showers and embedded thunderstorms overspreading southern and central portions of the state through dawn tomorrow.
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Rain chances will increase across central and northern portions of the Midwest this weekend as a slow moving cold front approaches from the north, with above normal rainfall across much of the corn and bean growing regions forecast for the 6-10 day.
Precipitation the next 5 days will also be near to below normal for much of the Midwest and Delta region, with only spotty rain chances allowing for plenty of fieldwork opportunities.
Though conditions are cooler and damper than normal over much of the region this week, a warmup's on the way to the Corn Belt soon.
As storms continue to trek across the Midwest, frost and freeze damage worries abound in parts of the Plains.
Showers are popping up at points around the nation's center, from the Plains to the eastern Corn Belt.
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