USDA: Dry Conditions Expected for the Central and Southern Plains

March 11, 2013 03:24 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold, mostly dry weather prevails. "This morning’s temperatures fell below 0°F in parts of the eastern Dakotas, where a deep snow cover exists," USDA details. Weekend precipitation provided another round of beneficial moisture for rangeland, pastures and winter wheat, especially on the Central and Southern Plains, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says dry weather prevails, except for some light snow in the northern Rockies. "Cool weather lingers across much of the region, although warmth is returning to the Pacific Coast states," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports warmth lingers across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, accompanied by widespread rain showers. Colder weather is returning to the remainder of the Midwest, USDA adds. "Some light snow is falling from Iowa into Wisconsin," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA reports a band of rain showers stretches from Kentucky to the central Gulf Coast. "Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors spring fieldwork in the southern Atlantic states, while cooler air is overspreading areas from the western Gulf Coast region to the Mississippi Delta," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says early in the week, a cold front crossing the East will generate as much as 1 to 2 inches of rain. "In the front’s wake, scattered snow showers will affect areas from the Northern Plains to the northern and central Appalachians," USDA elaborates. Farther west, precipitation will be confined to the Northwest, while dry weather will prevail through week’s end from California to the Central and Southern Plains, according to USDA. Elsewhere, USDA says warmth will quickly expand across the West, reaching the High Plains by mid-week and the remainder of the nation’s midsection toward week’s end. In contrast, chilly conditions will prevail in the East, USDA adds.


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