USDA: More Precip from the Northern Plains to the Southeast Next Week

February 28, 2013 02:06 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent, drought-easing storminess. "Snow remains on the ground across portions of the central and southern Plains, with current depths at 6 inches in Wichita, Kansas, and 3 inches in Omaha, Nebraska, and Enid, Oklahoma," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA says precipitation (rain and snow) is increasing from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. "Meanwhile, warm, dry weather favors early-season fieldwork in California," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says wind-blown snow showers persist across roughly the eastern half of the region. "A thick blanket of snow remains in place across much of the northern and western Corn Belt, with current depths at 10 inches in Kansas City, Missouri; 9 inches in Des Moines, Iowa; and 7 inches in Rockford, Illinois," USDA details.

In the South, USDA reports snow showers are confined to the western slopes of the southern Appalachians. "Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region," USDA adds. Some planting is underway across the Deep South; for example, corn planting was 9% percent complete in Texas by Feb. 24, on the strength of early planting in the far southern part of the state, according to USDA.

USDA's outlook says a pesky low-pressure system currently centered over the lower Great Lakes region will drift eastward and continue to weaken. "However, lingering rain and snow showers will affect the southern and eastern Corn Belt, the Appalachians, and the Northeast," USDA continues. A few showers will also occur into the weekend across southern Florida, USDA adds. "Meanwhile, late-week warmth will spread from the West to the High Plains, but chilly conditions will persist across the eastern half of the U.S.," USDA explains. Elsewhere, precipitation will be mostly confined to the Northwest, USDA reports. Early next week, however, a storm system will generate some precipitation from the northern Plains into the Southeast, according to USDA.


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