USDA: Cold Weather to Persist Nationwide Next Week

March 21, 2013 03:20 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, bitterly cold conditions are maintaining stress on livestock in the upper Midwest. "This morning’s temperatures plunged below 0°F in parts of Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas," USDA elaborates. Cold, breezy conditions cover the remainder of the Midwest, and snow showers linger downwind of the Great Lakes, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says cool weather prevails across the northern half of the region. A few showers are affecting the Pacific Northwest, while some snow is falling across portions of the northern and central Rockies. "Meanwhile, warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork in southern California and the Southwest," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA reports mostly dry weather prevails. "Isolated snow showers are crossing Montana and the east-central Plains," USDA adds. Cold weather across the majority of the nation’s mid-section contrasts with warm, breezy conditions on the southern High Plains, USDA explains. "Today’s high temperatures could reach or exceed 90°F in southeastern New Mexico," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA reports cool, dry weather favors spring fieldwork. "However, freeze warnings are in effect this morning parts of the Carolinas, as well as northern portions of Alabama and Georgia," USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says for the remainder of today, warmth will be confined to areas from southern California to Texas. "Any lingering warmth across the deep South will be replaced by colder weather during the weekend," USDA explains. By early next week, cold weather will persist nearly nationwide, although warmth will return to California, according to USDA. "During the next several days, a series of disturbances will maintain unsettled conditions across the Northwest, northern and central Rockies, Central Plains, and from the Mid-South into the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states," USDA explains. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the Southeast, while significant, late-week snowfall can be expected across the central Plains and portions of the Mid-South, USDA reports.


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