USDA: Great Plains Could See Late-Week Precip

February 4, 2013 02:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, the latest in a series of "Alberta clippers" is producing light snow across central and eastern portions of the region. "Current snow depths include 6 inches in Rockford, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan," USDA adds. In the wake of the "clipper" system, USDA says bitterly cold, windy conditions prevail. This morning's temperatures fell below 0°F in the far upper Midwest, USDA continues.

In the West, USDA reports mostly dry weather prevails. "Although recent storms have provided the West with beneficial moisture, drought-related concerns persist in much of the Great Basin and the Southwest," USDA continues.

On the Plains, USDA says bitterly cold weather is confined to the eastern Dakotas. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather prevails," USDA adds. The health of the Plains' hard red winter wheat crop remains threatened by poor establishment, ongoing drought, and exposure to potential weather extremes, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says scattered showers accompany mild weather west of the Delta, but chilly conditions persist in the southern Atlantic states. "Although much of the South has received substantial rain in recent weeks, the southern Atlantic region—especially Florida's peninsula—remains dry," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says chilly conditions will persist for the remainder of the week from the Great Lakes states into the Northeast, accompanied by widespread snow showers, but most other areas east of the Rockies will experience above-normal temperatures. "Meanwhile, a gradual warming trend will affect much of the West," USDA adds. During the second half of the week, generally light precipitation will affect the eastern one-third of the U.S., while widespread snow showers will fall across the Intermountain West, according to USDA. "Toward week’s end, some precipitation may begin to break out across the nation’s mid-section, including the drought-affected Great Plains," USDA continues.


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