USDA: More Rain Expected in the Lower Ohio Valley

08:39AM May 06, 2013
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USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry weather has returned to the upper Midwest. "However, locally heavy showers are falling across the Ohio Valley, closing a window of opportunity for corn planting that lasted several days," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says cool weather accompanies widely scattered showers from California to the southern Rockies. "In contrast, very warm, dry weather in the Northwest favors fieldwork and crop development," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says dry weather is promoting fieldwork. "However, mild weather across the northern High Plains contrasts with chilly conditions across the remainder of the nation’s mid-section," USDA continues. Freezes were noted this morning as far south as eastern Colorado and northwestern Kansas, according to USDA.

In the South, scattered but locally heavy rain showers are mostly confined to the interior Southeast, USDA reports. "During the past 24 hours, parts of western North Carolina have received more than 4 inches of rain," USDA details. However, generally dry weather prevails across the Deep South, from Texas to Florida, USDA continues.

In its outlook, USDA says a slow-moving storm currently centered over the southern Appalachians will drift across the Mid-Atlantic region by mid-week and into northern New England by Friday. "Additional rainfall totals of as much as 2 to 4 inches can be expected in the Mid-Atlantic states," USDA continues. Meanwhile, a new area of unsettled weather will begin to evolve across the Southwest, USDA reports. The developing system will produce scattered showers and thunderstorms from California to the Central and Southern Plains, according to USDA. "Early- to mid-week rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches across central portions of the Rockies and Plains," USDA continues. Late in the week, USDA says as the storm shifts eastward, potentially heavier rain will erupt from the western Gulf Coast region into the lower Ohio Valley. "For much of the week, warmth will be confined to the northern one-third of the U.S.," USDA explains. After mid-week, however, warmth will expand across the eastern half of the U.S. and persist in the Northwest, it continues.