USDA: Rain & Snow Expected for South-central U.S.

March 7, 2014 02:36 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, temperatures remain at near- or below-normal levels, despite a warming trend in recent days. "A cold front is crossing the upper Midwest —accompanied by snow showers—bringing a return to cold, breezy weather," USDA reports. More than a foot of snow remains on the ground in parts of the northern Corn Belt, with 16 inches reported this morning in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 19 inches in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA reports drier weather prevails across the region’s northern tier, although rain and snow showers linger across the northern Rockies. "Farther south, unfavorably warm, dry weather covers California, but a few rain and snow showers are developing across the Intermountain West," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA says mostly dry weather prevails, despite an increase in cloudiness. "Cold air is overspreading the northern Plains, but warm, breezy conditions are maintaining stress on the southern Plains’ winter wheat," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA says a storm system is producing mostly a cold rain in the southern Atlantic states, although some wintry precipitation (sleet and freezing rain) is occurring in piedmont sections of the southern Mid-Atlantic region. "Most fieldwork remains on hold due to persistently cool conditions in recent weeks," USDA details.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of today, precipitation will occur as a disturbance crosses the central and southern Rockies. "On Saturday, precipitation (rain and snow) will overspread the south-central U.S., with rain lingering through the weekend across southern Texas," USDA continues. Also during the weekend, wet weather will return to the Northwest, with precipitation expected to spread as far south as northern California, according to USDA. "The combination of wet weather and melting snow will lead to river rises and possible flooding from Washington to Montana," USDA explains. Most of the nation will experience warmer-than-normal weather early next week, followed by a subsequent return to cold conditions in many areas east of the Rockies, USDA reports.


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