USDA: Rain & Snow for the Upper Midwest

May 2, 2013 03:48 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a winter storm warning is in effect today for heavy snow across southeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. "A mixture of rain and snow is falling across the remainder of the upper Midwest," USDA reports. In contrast, warm, dry weather is promoting an acceleration of fieldwork in the eastern Corn Belt, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says warm weather favors fieldwork and crop development in the Pacific Coast states. Meanwhile, USDA reports chilly conditions linger across the central and southern Rockies and parts of the Intermountain West.

On the Plains, USDA says a band of precipitation stretches from southeastern Nebraska to northern Texas. "The northwestern edge of the precipitation shield is falling as snow," USDA adds. The southern High Plains were spared from a significant freeze this morning, but strong northerly winds are resulting in some blowing dust, according to USDA.

In the South, USDA reports showers are increasing in coverage and intensity, especially in Florida and the central Gulf Coast region. "The wet weather is slowing fieldwork, including planting activities in the Mississippi Delta," USDA details.

USDA's outlook says a slow-moving storm over the nation’s mid-section will drift eastward during the next several days. "Due to the storm’s slow movement, five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches or more from the Mississippi Valley into the Southeast," USDA continues. However, USDA reports the threat of heavy snow — from the east-central Plains into the upper Midwest — will diminish after today. "In contrast, little or no precipitation will occur during the next five days across New England and the Northern Plains, according to USDA. In the storm’s wake, freezes can be expected on May 3 as far south as the southern High Plains, USDA continues. By early next week, USDA says warmth will expand across the nation’s northern tier, while clouds and showers will increase from California to the southern Rockies.


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