USDA: Major Storm to Emerge on the Plains Midweek

April 16, 2013 03:33 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a band of showers and thunderstorms stretches from the lower Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. "Meanwhile, warmth is limited to the Ohio Valley. Most Midwestern fieldwork remains on hold," USDA explains. Among the major Corn Belt states, only Missouri (8% planted) and Illinois (1%) have sown any corn, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says very cool weather prevails, except for some lingering warmth in the southern Rockies. "Frost and freeze warnings are in effect this morning in several areas, including northwestern California, southwestern and northeastern Oregon, and southeastern Washington," USDA explains. Meanwhile, snow is developing across the Intermountain West, USDa adds.

On the Plains, USDA says warmth lingers across Texas, excluding the northern panhandle. Elsewhere, cold, mostly dry weather prevails in advance of a developing storm system, USDA details. However, snow is already developing on the High Plains as far south as western Nebraska, according to USDA.

In the South, warm, mostly dry weather is promoting a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development, USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says in a virtual repeat from last week, a major spring storm will unfold across the U.S. "The storm, currently centered over the Southwest, will emerge across the Plains at mid-week and reach the Great Lakes region by Friday," USDA reports. The axis of heaviest precipitation will extend from the southeastern Plains into Michigan, with 2 to 4 inches or more expected, it elaborates. "Meanwhile, another round of heavy snow will affect areas from the central Rockies and northern Intermountain West into the upper Great Lakes region," USDA says. Farther south, USDA reports high winds will rake the Southern Plains and parts of the Southwest, while locally severe thunderstorms can be expected in the nation’s southeastern quadrant. "In the storm’s wake, temperatures could fall below 32°F as far south as the Southern High Plains, and below 20°F on the central High Plains, on April 18-19," USDA details.

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