USDA: Mild, Dry Weather Covers Most of the Nation's Mid-Section

January 26, 2012 02:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, isolated showers linger across northeastern Texas, but mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the nation's mid-section. "On the northern Plains, mild, breezy conditions have eroded winter wheat's protective snow cover," USDA reports.

In the West, mild, unfavorably dry weather has returned from central California to the western slopes of the central Rockies following recent much-needed precipitation, USDA explains. "Warm, dry weather also prevails in the Southwest," USDA adds. Meanwhile, showery weather continues from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, according to USDA.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild weather prevails. "Rain is falling in the Ohio Valley, maintaining soggy conditions in much of the soft red winter wheat belt," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are sweeping across the lower Mississippi Valley. "Meanwhile, a steady rain is falling in areas farther north, including parts of the Tennessee Valley," USDA reports. Unfavorably dry conditions persist, however, in the southern Atlantic region, USDA continues.

USDA's outlook says a storm system will move northeastward from the Delta, generating moderate to heavy rain from eastern Texas into the Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic states. "Farther north, a wintry mix is possible in the Northeast, although heavy snow will be confined to northern New England," USDA says. Despite the widespread soaking, only light rain is anticipated across Florida and the southern Atlantic Coastal Plain, according to USDA. "Elsewhere, periods of rain and snow will continue in the Northwest, but mostly dry weather will prevail from California into the Southwest, and from the northern and central Plains into the upper Midwest," USDA reports. Sharply colder weather will surge into the Midwest and Northeast over the weekend, according to USDA.


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