USDA: A Front to Bring Snow to the Northern Plains

November 19, 2012 02:12 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry, unusually warm weather is maintaining stress on hard red winter wheat. "Today's high temperatures will approach 70°F as far north as western Nebraska," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA reports a slow-moving cold front is producing torrential precipitation in parts of the Northwest. "Flooding is a threat in portions of Washington, Oregon, and northern Idaho, while a blizzard warning is in effect in western Montana along the Front Range of the northern Rockies," USDA explains. In stark contrast, USDA says mild, dry weather prevails from central and southern California to the central and southern Rockies.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports light rain showers are crossing the Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys. "Meanwhile, mild, dry weather in the eastern Corn Belt is promoting late-season harvest efforts," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says a low-pressure system lurking east of Georgia is producing some rain across North Carolina's Outer Banks. "Cool conditions linger in the southern Atlantic states, but mild, dry weather across the remainder of the region favors winter wheat planting, cotton and soybean harvesting, and other autumn fieldwork," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of the week, significant precipitation will be confined to the Northwest. "Five-day totals could reach 2 to 4 inches in the northern Rockies and 4 to 10 inches in the Pacific Northwest," USDA continues. Elsewhere, little or no precipitation can be expected through mid-week, USDA adds. "By Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, a low-pressure system crossing south-central Canada will produce some snow across the northern Plains and light rain showers from Texas to the Great Lakes region, according to USDA. "Toward week’s end rain showers will change to snow showers in the Great Lakes states," USDA reports. A warm weather pattern across most of the U.S. will be replaced by somewhat cooler conditions late in the week across the eastern half of the U.S., USDA explains.


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