USDA: Coldest Air of the Season to Hit the Plains and Midwest

February 8, 2012 02:03 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a continuation of mild conditions across northern areas. "On the central Plains, winter wheat continues to benefit from soil moisture improvements associated with the early-February winter storm," USDA reports.

In the West, precipitation is gradually diminishing across the Pacific Coast states, although a few heavy showers linger across the Southwest, according to USDA. "Elsewhere, dry weather accompanies a gradual warming trend," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says some light snow is falling across eastern portions of the region. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather precedes an Arctic front — the leading edge of sharply colder air — which is approaching the Great Lakes region," USDA explains.

"In the South, locally heavy rain is providing much-needed drought relief to Deep South Texas, while scattered, lighter showers are falling across Florida's peninsula and the interior Southeast," USDA explains. Some pre-planting fieldwork activities are underway across the Deep South, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says a pair of upper-air disturbances will generate light snow, one across the Mid-Atlantic, and the other over the central and southern Rockies. Meanwhile, USDA reports some of the coldest air of the season will surge southeastward across northern portions of the Plains and Midwest behind a strong cold front. "The cold air will reach the central and northern East Coast states over the weekend, accompanied by snow showers," USDA adds. Farther south, USDA says rain will return to Texas and the Gulf Coast region as an upper-air disturbance currently over western Mexico tracks slowly east. "Out west, rain and snow are expected to persist over much of the Northwest, while dry weather returns to California and the Southwest," USDA explains.


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