USDA: Protective Snow in Central/Southern Plains

December 5, 2011 03:36 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility very cold weather prevails in the Plains. Sub-zero readings were reported this morning on the northern High Plains, although a shallow snow cover is providing winter wheat with some insulation. Meanwhile on the southern Plains, lingering snow is providing winter grains with beneficial moisture. This morning’s snow depths included 6 inches in Goodland, Kansas; 2 inches in Glasgow, Montana; and 1 inch in Lubbock, Texas.

In the West, cold, dry weather prevails, except for lingering snow in the southern Rockies. Freeze warnings are
in effect this morning throughout California’s Central Valley, necessitating the use of protective measures for
citrus and other temperature-sensitive crops.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says corn harvesting and other late-season fieldwork remains on indefinite hold in Ohio and neighboring areas due to waterlogged fields and the return of heavy rain.

In the South, USDA says rainy weather has pushed eastward into the lower Mississippi Valley and parts of the Tennessee Valley, but late-autumn fieldwork continues in the southern Atlantic States under a warm, dry weather regime.

In their outlook, USDA says snow will end later today across southern portions of the Plains and Rockies, while rain will gradually shift into the East. "By mid-week, dry weather will return to the Ohio and lower Mississippi Valleys, but precipitation will linger into Thursday in the Mid-Atlantic States. In the wake of the departing storm system, most of the U.S. will settle into a cold, dry weather pattern," they add. "Additional freezes may occur in California’s Central Valley, while mid-week temperatures could fall below 10°F as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle. By week’s end, however, mild conditions will overspread the northern Plains and the upper Midwest."


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