USDA: Blast of Artic Air to the Midwest to Be Accompanied by Snow

08:14AM Feb 10, 2012
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USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, beneficial light precipitation — mostly snow — is developing across Texas' northern panhandle and neighboring areas. "In contrast, unusually mild, dry weather covers the northern Plains," USDA ads.

In the West, precipitation is mostly confined to the southern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest, according to USDA. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather prevails, as drought continues to gradually expand and intensify," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says a final day of mid-winter "warmth" prevails in advance of a strong cold front. "Today's high temperatures will approach 40°F in much of the Midwest," USDA adds.

In the South, another band of showers is approaching winter agricultural areas of Deep South Texas, following beneficial, mid-week rainfall, according to USDA. It continues, "Isolated showers linger across southern Florida, but cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the South."

USDA's outlook says toward week’s end, some of the coldest air of the winter season will overspread the Midwest and Northeast, preceded and accompanied by widespread snow showers. "After the Arctic air arrives, snow squalls will linger downwind of the Great Lakes," USDA explains. Colder air will also arrive in most areas east of the Rockies, but generally mild weather will prevail in the West, USDA says. "During the next five days, no large-scale areas of heavy precipitation can be expected, although light rain and snow showers will affect much of the West," USDA reports. Early next week, USDA says rain will return to the western and central Gulf Coast States.