USDA: Mild Weather Will Return to the Nation's Mid-Section Midweek

December 10, 2012 02:17 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, USDA reports a few wind-blown snow showers linger across the upper Midwest in the wake of a departing storm. "Current snow depths include 9 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 2 inches in both Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Madison, Wisconsin. "This morning's temperatures fell below -10°F in portions of the far upper Midwest," USDA adds. Meanwhile, colder air is sweeping into the eastern Corn Belt, where rain has largely ended. Overnight rainfall totaled an inch or more in parts of the Ohio Valley, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports cold conditions and a few snow showers linger in the Rockies. "In contrast, mild, dry weather prevails in the Pacific Coast states," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says snow blankets much of Montana and the Dakotas, providing beneficial moisture and insulation for winter wheat. "This morning's temperatures fell below -10°F in parts of the eastern Dakotas," USDA adds. Farther south, however, cold, dry conditions are increasing stress on livestock and maintaining stress on pastures, rangeland, and winter wheat, USDA explains. Low temperatures dipped below 0°F as far south as the central High Plains, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA says locally heavy showers and thunderstorms stretch from the Tennessee Valley to the central Gulf Coast. "Colder, breezy conditions are affecting the Mid-South and the western Gulf Coast region, but warm, mostly dry weather continues to promote late-season fieldwork in the southern Atlantic states," USDA reports.

In its outlook, USDA says a cold front currently stretching from the lower Great Lakes region to the central Gulf Coast will sweep through the East on Monday and early Tuesday. "Cold conditions will briefly prevail in the front’s wake," USDA adds. By midweek, however, mild weather will return across much of the nation’s mid-section, according to USDA. During the second half of the week, USDA reports above-normal temperatures will prevail east of the Rockies, except in parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest. "During the mid- to late-week period, storminess will increase west of the Rockies, especially in the Southwest and Pacific Northwest," USDA continues. Toward week’s end, parts of the Southern Plains may receive some much-needed moisture, according to USDA.


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