USDA: Freezing Rain for the Mid-South Today

November 25, 2013 02:32 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold, dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing storm, except for some lingering precipitation (rain and freezing rain) in eastern sections of Oklahoma and Texas. "In Oklahoma, early-morning snow depths include 3 inches in Lawton and 1 inch in Oklahoma City," USDA reports. Farther north, temperatures are starting to rebound from weekend readings that dipped to -10°F or below across northern North Dakota, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports a few snow showers linger across the southern Rockies. "Elsewhere, dry weather accompanies a warming trend," USDA adds. In California and the Southwest, the recently ended storm slowed or halted fieldwork but provided some relief from long-term drought, according to USDA.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says a band of light snow stretches from Michigan to Iowa. "Elsewhere, cold, dry weather favors late-season harvest efforts, especially where soils have frozen," USDA explains. However, the early-season cold spell is also increasing stress on livestock, it continues.

In the South, USDA says freezing rain is causing hazardous travel conditions in much of Arkansas. "Meanwhile, a cold rain is spreading from eastern Texas into Louisiana," USDA adds. In advance of the approaching storm, cold, dry weather prevails in the Southeast, USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says a vigorous, slow-moving storm system will continue to disrupt pre-holiday travel, especially across the South and East. "For the remainder of today, freezing rain could cause travel and electrical disruptions in the Mid-South," USDA details. On Tuesday, USDA says the threat for significant freezing rain will shift to the eastern slopes of the Appalachians. "Meanwhile, heavy snow can be expected on Nov. 26-27 from the middle Ohio Valley into the lower Great Lakes region," USDA continues. In the storm’s wake, a period of tranquil weather will prevail nearly nationwide, although cold weather will persist across the eastern half of the U.S. "Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28) will be mostly dry nationwide, with mild weather expanding across the West," according to USDA.


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