USDA: Cold Temps Maintain Stress on Livestock in Northern Regions

February 3, 2014 02:40 AM
 

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, very cold, mostly dry weather prevails. "Any snow showers are limited to the northern Plains," USDA reports. This morning’s temperatures fell to 0°F as far south as Nebraska, USDA elaborates. Winter wheat’s protective snowcover has improved in recent days, but remains patchy or shallow in many areas, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says chilly weather prevails. "Scattered snow showers are heaviest in the northern Rockies and northern Intermountain West," USDA details. Despite cooler weather, California remains in desperate need of significant precipitation, USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports snow lingers across the middle Ohio Valley. "Elsewhere, cold, dry weather prevails," USDA adds. Most of the Midwest is covered by snow, making rural travel difficult in some areas but providing winter grains with protection from low temperatures, USDA details. "Livestock continue to endure harsh conditions across the upper Midwest, where this morning’s temperatures locally dipped below -20°F," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says warmth is limited to the southern Atlantic states, in advance of a cold front. "Rain associated with the front is crossing the Appalachians, while cold, dry weather prevails from the western Gulf Coast region into the Mississippi Valley," USDA elaborates.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of the week, a continuing barrage of storms will produce widespread precipitation from the Intermountain West into the East. "Later today, heavy snow will end across portions of the northern Mid- Atlantic region," USDA continues. Later, a significant snow and ice storm can be expected on Tuesday and early Wednesday—with heavy snow falling from the central Plains into southern New England and ice accumulations occurring in the northern Mid-Atlantic states, USDA details. "Late in the week, rain showers will affect the Southeast, with snow possible on the northern fringe of the precipitation shield," USDA reports. During the weekend, yet another winter storm will develop across the nation’s mid-section and take aim on the East and lower Midwest, USDA explains. "However, nearly all of the storminess will bypass the Desert Southwest and upper Midwest, while only light precipitation will occur in the Pacific Coast states," USDA continues. Cold weather will dominate the U.S. through week’s end, particularly across the nation’s mid-section and the Northwest, according to USDA.


 

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