USDA: Blizzard Warnings in Effect for Southern Plains

February 25, 2013 02:17 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, blizzard warnings are in effect from east-central New Mexico and the Texas panhandle into south-central Kansas. Winter storm warnings are in effect for a broader area from the southern High Plains into eastern Kansas, USDA adds. "The latest winter storm, which comes on the heels of the Feb. 20-21 system, is stressing livestock and disrupting transporta tion, but providing additional drought relief," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says a frost advisory is in effect this morning in California’s San Joaquin Valley, although temperatures are not low enough to pose a significant threat to citrus or other crops. "Meanwhile, rain and snow showers are spreading into the Northwest. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails," USDA continues.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching storm system. Snow covers the Midwest in the wake of last week’s storm, except in the Ohio Valley, USDA explains. "Current snow depths include 7 inches in Minneapolis, Minnesota; 4 inches in Omaha, Nebraska; and 3 inches in Des Moines, Iowa, and Rockford, Illinois," USDA elaborates.

In the South, USDA says a variety of flood watches and warnings are in effect from the central Gulf Coast into Georgia. "Currently, significant rain is falling across the lower Southeast, although Florida’s peninsula remains dry," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says a storm system currently centered over the southern Plains will drift northeastward into the lower Great Lakes region by mid-week. "Snow will gradually end on Tuesday across the south-central U.S. but spread into parts of the Corn Belt," USDA reports. Meanwhile, locally heavy rain will affect the Southeast through Tuesday, USDA elaborates. "Additional precipitation could reach 1 to 2 inches from the southern Plains into the Northeast, and 2 to 4 inches from the central Gulf Coast into the lower Southeast," USDA explains. However, only light showers can be expected across Florida’s peninsula, USDA adds. Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end, except for some rain and snow showers from the Pacific Northwest to the northern and central Rockies, according to USDA.


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