USDA: More Rain, Snow Expected for Northern U.S.

November 6, 2013 02:34 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage, and a hard freeze warning is in effect early today in parts of southwestern Kansas. "Fieldwork has stalled in many areas due to Tuesday’s precipitation, although rain largely bypassed the southern High Plains," USDA reports. Snow remains on the ground in parts of Nebraska and environs, with an early-morning snow depth of 5 inches reported in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports isolated rain and snow showers are confined to the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies. "Cool weather lingers in many areas, but warmth is returning to California and Oregon," USDA adds. California’s rice harvest was 99% finished by Nov. 3, while the cotton harvest was 75% complete, USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says a band of rain stretches from Michigan to the middle Mississippi Valley. "The rain is halting corn and late-season soybean harvest efforts," USDA adds. On Nov. 3, the Midwestern corn harvest ranged from 47% complete in North Dakota to 83% complete in Illinois — with overall U.S. progress at 73%, USDA continues.

In the South, USDA says scattered showers are occurring in the vicinity of a cold front stretching from the northern Mississippi Delta into eastern Texas. "Meanwhile in the Southeast, warm, dry weather is promoting winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says a cold front currently crossing the Mississippi Valley will gradually weaken before reaching the Atlantic Coast on Thursday. "In the front’s wake, generally tranquil weather will prevail nearly nationwide," USDA explains. In fact, dry weather will prevail during the next five days from central and southern California to the central and southern High Plains, USDA continues. However, a series of disturbances will traverse the nation’s northern tier, generating rain and snow showers, according to USDA. "Early next week, a surge of cold air will reach the Midwest and Northeast, while mild weather will cover the remainder of the U.S., " USDA elaborates.

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