USDA: Light Rain Expected for Central and Southern Plains

December 13, 2012 02:15 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails, except for some lingering cold conditions across the snow-covered far upper Midwest. "Current snow depths include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 2 inches in Grand Forks, North Dakota," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA reports cooler air is spreading into the Pacific Coast states. Meanwhile, rain is spreading across southern California, while snow showers dot the Intermountain West, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA says cold weather is generally confined to the Dakotas. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is maintaining significant stress on pastures, rangeland, and winter wheat," USDA adds.

In the South, USDA reports rain showers linger along the southern Atlantic coast, mainly in the Carolinas. "Elsewhere, cool, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork," USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says a developing storm over the Southwest will drift northeastward, reaching the western Corn Belt by Saturday and the Great Lakes region on Sunday. "Storm-total precipitation could reach 1 to 2 inches in the mountains of the Southwest, but only light rain will fall on the central and southern Plains," USDA explains. Slightly heavier precipitation, locally in excess of a half-inch, will fall during the weekend across the upper Midwest, according to USDA. Early next week, USDA says more significant rain (generally 1 to 2 inches) can be expected across the South and East. "During the weekend and early next week, stormy conditions will resume in northern California and the Pacific Northwest, where five-day totals could reach 2 to 5 inches," USDA elaborates.


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