USDA: Late-winter Storm to Produce Precip from Northern Plains to Southeast

March 1, 2013 02:11 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild weather is returning to Montana, but cool conditions persist elsewhere. "A few snow showers dots the southern half of the Plains, where rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat continue to benefit from the rain and snow associated with two late-February storms," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says precipitation is mainly confined to the northern tier of the region, from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. "In California, warm, dry weather is promoting spring fieldwork," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports cool, cloudy, breezy weather persists, along with scattered snow showers. Midwestern wheat continues to overwinter well, with 69% of the Illinois crop rated good to excellent on Feb. 24, USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says cool, breezy, mostly dry weather prevails. "Freeze warnings are in effect this morning in portions of the Southeast, including northern and central Georgia, where recent warmth has accelerated bud and bloom development," according to USDA.

In its outlook USDA says for the remainder of the week, mostly dry weather will prevail nationwide, except for some precipitation in the Northwest. "In addition, there will be lingering rain and snow showers across the eastern one-third of the U.S.," USDA adds. During the weekend, USDA says a new surge of Pacific storminess will arrive in the Northwest. "Early next week, a late-winter storm will produce a stripe of precipitation from the northern Plains into the Southeast," USDA continues. Chilly conditions will persist for the next several days across the eastern half of the nation, but Western warmth will expand during the weekend to reach the High Plains, according to USDA.


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