USDA: Frost & Freeze Warnings for the Southern Plains

November 7, 2013 02:32 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, dry weather is promoting fieldwork in many areas, although snow remains on the ground in parts of South Dakota and Nebraska. Across the northern and central Plains, temperatures are rebounding to near- or above-normal levels, fostering winter wheat growth. "However, freeze warnings and frost advisories are in effect early today on the Southern Plains, where cool conditions linger," USDA reports. In addition, soil moisture shortages remain a concern with respect to winter wheat establishment on the southern High Plains, USDA continues.

In the West, USDA says stormy weather is overspreading areas from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. "Across the remainder of the region, from California to the Four Corners states, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool, dry weather prevails, except for snow showers downwind of Lake Superior. "However, fieldwork delays persist in the wake of recent rainfall," USDA adds. Substantial corn remains to be harvested in the northern Corn Belt, with at least half of the crop still in the field by Nov. 3 in Michigan, North Dakota, and Wisconsin, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports scattered showers are causing minor fieldwork delays from the Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast. "Cool, dry air is arriving west of the Appalachians," USDA details. Freeze warnings are in effect early today in parts of northern and western Arkansas, USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of today, a weakening cold front will generate scattered showers across the eastern U.S. "Meanwhile, a Pacific storm will arrive in the Northwest," USDA continues. During the next several days, the storm will traverse the nation’s northern tier, resulting in generally light rain and snow, according to USDA. "However, storm totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies," USDA explains. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail across the southern two-thirds of the U.S., except in southern sections of Florida and Texas, according to USDA. Early next week, a surge of cold air will arrive across the Midwest and Northeast.


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