USDA: More Snow Expected for the Northern Plains & Upper Midwest

March 28, 2014 03:47 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold weather prevails, except for some lingering warmth in Texas. "Patches of light snow are affecting the northern and central Plains, while a few rain showers are developing in central Texas," USDA details.

In the West, USDA reports unsettled, showery weather continues in the Pacific Northwest. "In western Washington, month-to-date precipitation has totaled 8 to 12 inches or more (200% to 250% of normal) at locations such as Seattle and Hoquiam," USDA elaborates. Farther south, light precipitation in northern California is aiding rain-fed crops and temporarily easing irrigation demands, but having little effect on bleak water-supply outlooks, according to USDA.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cold weather prevails in the wake of Thursday’s widespread precipitation. "Yesterday’s severe weather reports—large hail and a few tornadoes—were mostly concentrated in Missouri," USDA reports. Currently, rain lingers in parts of the Great Lakes region, mainly in Michigan, USDA continues.

In the South, USDA reports showers and locally severe thunderstorms are sweeping across areas east of the Mississippi River. "Most fieldwork activities remain behind schedule in much of the South due to cool, wet soils," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says wet weather will linger across the South and East into the weekend, where additional rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches in the Southeast and 2 to 4 inches in the northern Atlantic states. "Locally severe thunderstorms will accompany the showers across the South on March 28-29," USDA details. Farther west, warm, windy weather will develop during the weekend across the south-central U.S., resulting in an enhanced risk of wildfires and the possibility of additional blowing dust, USDA explains. Elsewhere, USDA reports an active weather pattern will continue into early April in California and the Northwest. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the northern Rockies, 2 to 4 inches in the Pacific Northwest, and 4 to 8 inches in northern California," USDA details. By early next week, wind-driven snow can be expected across portions of the northern Plains and upper Midwest, USDA continues.


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