Accuweather predicts six more weeks of winter in Northeast

“Unfortunately for the western Plains and eastern Rockies, I think the drought is going to persist, and it is going to be strong going into the springtime,” Pastelok said. “In the heart of the drought, it doesn’t look good right now.”

With dry and warm weather persisting, the stage will be set for dangerous fire conditions by the summer.

“This could be devastating, especially for people in the agriculture industry,” AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Mark Paquette said.

Farther north, beneficial rain may fall during April across portions of the Upper Midwest, including Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota. Some improvement with the Mississippi River flow is possible, but a full turn-around of the situation is not anticipated, according to Pastelok.

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