USDA: Midwest, Northern Plains Brace for Sub-Zero Temps

January 18, 2013 02:12 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild, dry, breezy weather prevails. Nearly all of the hard red winter wheat crop, from Montana to Texas, has no snow cover and is exposed to potential weather extremes, according to USDA. "Today's high temperatures will exceed 50°F as far north as Montana's High Plains," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA says a freeze warning is in effect in the San Joaquin Valley, although temperatures are considerably higher than those observed at the height of the cold snap last weekend and early this week. "The remainder of the West continues to experience dry weather and a gradual warming trend," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says some light snow is falling across the far upper Midwest, mainly across northern Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin. "Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather prevails," USDA adds.

In the South, USDA reports snow covers the ground this morning from the southern Appalachians into the southern Mid- Atlantic region. "Current snow depths include 3 inches at Bristol, Tennessee; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Roanoke, Virginia," USDA elaborates. Cool weather covers the South in the wake of the departed storm system, USDA adds. "However, the storm did not provide much rain in Florida, where unfavorably dry conditions persist," USDA explains.

In its outlook USDA says a blast of Arctic air will reach the northern Plains and the Midwest during the weekend and the Northeast early next week. "Temperatures below -20°F can be expected early next week across the far upper Midwest," USDA explains. However, USDA says no freezes are expected in winter agricultural areas of southern Texas or peninsular Florida. "Meanwhile, mild weather will expand across the High Plains and much of the West," USDA continues. Much of the U.S. will experience dry weather during the next five days, although periods of snow can be expected from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast, according to USDA.


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