USDA: Central & Southern Plains to Remain Dry the Rest of the Week

February 13, 2013 02:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, some snow is falling in the vicinity of a warm front in North Dakota. "Elsewhere on the northern and central Plains, mild, dry, breezy weather prevails," USDA adds. Farther south, however, cool weather lingers across the southern Plains, where Tuesday's storm produced beneficial moisture and left several inches of snow on the ground across western Oklahoma and Texas' northern panhandle, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports mostly dry weather prevails. However, mild conditions across northern California and the Northwest contrast with below-normal temperatures in the Southwest, it continues.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says some precipitation (rain and wet snow) is moving into the Ohio Valley. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather prevails, with substantial snow cover limited to the northern tier of the Midwest," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says a wet weather pattern persists, except for dryness across Florida's peninsula. Lowland flooding continues along several rivers, most notably in the central Gulf Coast States in an area centered on southern Mississippi, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of today and tonight, snow will spread from the Ohio Valley into the northern Mid- Atlantic states and southern New England, while rain showers will affect the Southeast. "Meanwhile, light snow will break out across the north-central U.S. and spread eastward across the nation’s northern tier," USDA elaborates. Farther west, USDA says periods of unsettled, showery weather will affect the northern Rockies and the Pacific Northwest during the next several days. "In contrast, little or no precipitation will occur through week’s end from southern California into the Southwest, and across the Central and Southern Plains," USDA continues. Late-week temperatures will fall sharply in the Midwest and East, but will quickly rebound to above-normal levels across the nation’s mid-section, according to USDA.

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