Summer snow fell early Thursday in parts of Nebraska and Kansas, and 9 inches was reported near Denver. Temperatures were driven down to record lows in Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska.
Rain stretched from Illinois to the southern Plains, with a cold snap in much of the nation’s farm country and heavy thunderstorms in parts of the Southwest.
Farmers who planted late because of a wet spring feared young plants were vulnerable to early frost.
A large area of light to moderate rain stretched from Illinois to the southern Plains, with strong thunderstorms accompanied by gusty wind in northern Texas.
Hot weather continued in the Southwest. At midday, the high in the Lower 48 states was 97 degrees in Palm Springs, Calif. The low was 15 degrees in Soda Springs, Idaho, and Glasgow and Jordan in Montana.