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USDA: Significant Snow to Spread Across the Nation's Northern Tier

February 27, 2012
By: Meghan Pedersen, Pro Farmer Associate Editor

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold, dry weather prevails. "This morning's low temperatures remained mostly above 0°F in the northern High Plains' winter wheat belt, but dipped below -10°F in parts of western North Dakota," USDA elaborates.

In the West, patchy rain and snow showers are mostly confined to the Pacific Coast states, USDA says. "High-elevation snow packs remain significantly below average for late February in California, Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, western Colorado, and central and southern Idaho," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports colder air is settling across the upper Midwest, while mild weather prevails in the Ohio Valley. "A shallow snow cover exists across much of the northern Corn Belt, where depths include 4 inches in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and 3 inches in Lansing, Michigan," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA explains drought-easing rain showers are spreading across the lower Southeast, although the southern half of Florida's peninsula remains extremely dry. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors early-season
fieldwork," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of today, rain showers will affect the lower Southeast, while light snow will develop from the Great Lakes region into New England. "Meanwhile, a storm system will begin to take shape across the West, resulting in generally light snow from the Sierra Nevada to the central Rockies," USDA explains. During the last two days of February, USDA says significant snow will spread across the nation’s northern tier from the Dakotas into the Northeast. Meanwhile, mid-week rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches from the central Gulf Coast region into the Mid-Atlantic states, according to USDA. "Farther west, additional storminess will overspread the Pacific Northwest during the mid- to late-week period," USDA explains.


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