USDA: Mild Weather Has Eroded Snowcover for Winter Wheat

January 13, 2014 02:45 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, mild weather has melted nearly all of winter wheat’s protective snowcover. "Today’s high temperatures will exceed 50°F as far north as Montana’s high plains," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA says unusual warmth prevails in many areas, particularly across northern California and the Northwest. "Unfavorably dry conditions persist, except for isolated showers in the Pacific Northwest," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says recent and ongoing warmth has eroded a previously extensive snowcover. "Remaining snowcover in the Great Lakes region has thinned, with this morning’s depths standing at 6 inches in locations such as Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Rockford, Illinois," USDA details. Modestly colder air is overspreading the far upper Midwest in the wake of a departing cold front, although temperatures remain mostly above 10°F, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA explains rain stretches from the central Gulf Coast northeastward into the Tennessee Valley. "Warm, dry weather across the remainder of the region favors off-season agricultural activities," USDA continues.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next couple of days, a storm system will produce widespread precipitation across the eastern one-third of the U.S. "Significant snow will be generally confined to portions of the Great Lakes region, while rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches along the central Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Seaboard," USDA reports. By mid-week, a disturbance trailing the initial storm may result in additional snow from the Great Lakes states into the Northeast, according to USDA. "Dry weather will cover the remainder of the country through week’s end, except for a few rain and snow showers from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies," USDA continues. Mild weather will dominate the West, but two surges of cold air will affect much of the Midwest, South and East, USDA reports.


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