USDA: Freezing Rain in Northern Texas

January 15, 2013 02:18 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold conditions persist, except for mild, breezy weather in Montana. "Sub-zero temperatures were common this morning from eastern Colorado to the Dakotas," USDA reports. Snow cover is patchy and shallow on the central High Plains, where recent and ongoing cold weather is a concern for already drought-stressed winter wheat, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says parts of California's Central Valley and the Desert Southwest are experiencing another freeze, although temperatures are generally higher than at the height of the cold snap — which occurred during the weekend.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool, dry weather prevails. "Patches of snow remain across the Corn Belt, but any substantial snow cover is confined to the upper Midwest," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA reports rain stretches from the central Gulf Coast into the southern Mid-Atlantic region. "Meanwhile, warm, dry conditions persist in the southern Atlantic states," USDA adds. In stark contrast, frozen precipitation (mostly freezing rain and sleet) is causing significant travel disruptions from northeastern Texas into the Mid-South, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next 24 hours, a wave of low pressure propagating northeastward along a stalled front will help to focus an area of precipitation across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states. "Rainfall in the vicinity of the front could reach 1 to 2 inches, while frozen precipitation (snow, sleet, and freezing rain) will cause travel and possible electrical disruptions from northeastern Texas into the northern Mid-Atlantic region," USDA adds. Late in the week, USDA reports another disturbance will emerge from the south-central U.S., resulting in additional rain and snow in the Southeast. "The remainder of the country will stay dry, except for some snow across the nation’s northern tier," USDA explains. In the next few days, USDA says temperatures will rebound to near- or above-normal levels in many parts of the U.S., but a new surge of very cold air will begin to overspread areas east of the Rockies during the weekend.


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