USDA: Narrow Band of Snow for the Southern Plains Expected Mid-week

February 11, 2013 02:18 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, blizzard conditions are gradually subsiding across the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota, while a winter storm is winding down across the remainder of the upper Midwest. "Nevertheless, lingering, wind-blown snow across the upper Midwest is contributing to livestock stress and causing travel disruptions," USDA reports. Blustery but dry conditions prevail across the remainder of the Corn Belt, USDA adds.

In the West, USDA reports a freeze warning is in effect this morning in California's San Joaquin Valley, but temperatures are generally not low enough to pose a significant threat to citrus or other temperature-sensitive crops. "Cold weather also covers the remainder of the West, while some snow showers linger in the Four Corners States," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA explains a band of rain stretches across the Deep South from central and eastern Texas to Georgia and the Carolinas. During the last 24 hours, widespread 2- to 5-inch rainfall totals have triggered widespread flooding from eastern Louisiana to parts of Alabama, while several tornadoes battered portions of Mississippi and Alabama, according to USDA. "However, rainfall continues to largely bypass Florida's peninsula, where irrigation demands persist," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA says the winter storm currently affecting the upper Midwest will drift into eastern Canada and weaken. "The Northeast, battered by a severe winter storm on Feb. 8-9, will experience some additional wintry precipitation (snow, sleet and freezing rain) today before a change to rain occurs," USDA reports. Farther south, USDA says five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches from Louisiana to Georgia and South Carolina, possibly resulting in additional flooding. "At midweek, a narrow band of snow may occur from the Southern Plains into the northern Mid-Atlantic region, followed by a late-week surge of cold air from the Plains eastward," USDA explains. Elsewhere, generally tranquil weather will prevail in the West, except for some snow in the Rockies, USDA continues.


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