USDA: Freezing Temps As Far South As Northern Texas

December 28, 2012 02:03 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cloudy albeit cold weather dominates. "Overnight lows fell below 0°F on the northern High Plains, where snow cover remains patchy and light in some spots," USDA elaborates. Daytime highs are forecast to stay below freezing as far south as northern Texas, according to USDA.

In the West, showers are returning to the Pacific Coast, although inland accumulations of rain and snow are expected to be light, USDA says. "Snow is diminishing throughout the Intermountain West," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, snow showers linger this morning in the northern Mississippi Valley, with local accumulations of several inches possible, USDA reports. Meanwhile, moisture from an intensifying southern storm system is reaching the Ohio Valley, and snow will develop across the region throughout the day, USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says rain is moving eastward from the western Gulf Coast states and is expected to reach northern Florida overnight. "A light freeze was recorded this morning in southeastern Georgia and northern Florida, but temperatures stayed above freezing in the primary citrus areas," USDA continues.

In its outlook USDA says throughout the day, showers and thunderstorms will gradually overspread the Southeast as the winter storm currently positioned over the western Gulf region intensifies and moves eastward. "Snow is expected to develop by this evening over the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic region before reaching New England by Saturday evening," USDA elaborates. Meanwhile, USDA says cold, mostly dry weather will continue on the Great Plains, but bitter cold (temperatures at or below 0°F) is expected to shift away from the High Plains wheat areas toward the upper Mississippi Valley. "Precipitation is forecast along the Pacific Coast through the weekend, although inland snow accumulations are expected to remain relatively light," according to USDA.


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