USDA: Blizzard Conditions Subsiding on the Plains

December 20, 2011 02:32 AM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, blizzard conditions are gradually subsiding across southwestern Kansas, northernmost Texas, and the Oklahoma panhandle, although wind-driven snow continues to disrupt travel and stress livestock across a broad area. "However, moisture associated with the storm is greatly benefiting winter grains and drought-damaged rangeland and pastures," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA says cold weather prevails across the Four Corners states in the wake of a departing storm system. "In contrast, mild, dry weather covers northern California and the Northwest," USDA adds. California's reservoir storage remains above average, but cool-season pasture growth has been stunted by persistently cool, dry conditions, according to USDA.

In the Corn Belt, precipitation (rain and wet snow) is returning to the eastern half of the region, where final corn harvest efforts remain on indefinite hold, according to USDA. "Meanwhile, mild, dry weather prevails in the upper Midwest," USDA reports.

"In the South, a band of showers and thunderstorms stretches from the Mississippi Valley to the western Gulf Coast," USDA says. Meanwhile in the Southeast, USDA explains warm, dry weather favors winter wheat development and late-season fieldwork, including final soybean harvesting.

According to USDA's outlook, snow will end today across the central and southern Plains. "The storm responsible for the blizzard will weaken and drift northeastward, exiting New England by Thursday," USDA explains. However, a new storm will quickly trail the first system, resulting in widespread snow in the Rockies and adjacent High Plains, USDA says. "In addition, locally heavy rain will re-develop over the western Gulf Coast region at mid-week and quickly overspread parts of the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States on December 22-23," USDA reports. Rain may linger through the holiday weekend in the Southeast, while snow could affect some areas from the Mid-South into the Northeast, according to USDA.


 

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