USDA: Rain Expected for Areas of Texas & the Mississippi Valley

December 27, 2012 02:46 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, cold weather continues throughout the north, with daytime highs staying below 20°F over a large area. "Snow is falling, but accumulations are expected to be light on the central and northern High Plains," USDA reports. Cool, mostly dry weather prevails on the southern Plains, with daytime highs rising above freezing, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says unsettled weather continues, although precipitation has ended for the time being in California and the Sierra Nevada range. "Snow showers will linger the next day or so throughout the Intermountain West," USDA reports.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says cool, snowy weather lingers in upper Mississippi Valley, but drier conditions have returned to the Ohio Valley in the wake of yesterday's winter storm. "Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout much of the Great Lakes Region for the foreseeable future, sustaining snowcover," USDA elaborates.

In the South, USDA reports showers and thunderstorms will develop later today over the western Gulf states as warmer, drier weather dominates the Southeast.

USDA's outlook says during the next few days, a developing storm system will generate locally heavy rain and thunderstorms over much of the Southeast, before bringing another round of wintery weather to the Northeast by the weekend. "Rainfall accumulations of ½ to 1 inch are expected from eastern Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Atlantic Coast, including much of northern Florida," USDA elaborates. Additional snow accumulations are expected in parts of the Midwest, mainly in the Great Lakes Region and Ohio Valley, according to USDA. In contrast, cold, mostly dry weather is forecast for the Great Plains, with lows falling below 0°F in northern sections of the region, USDA reports. "In fact, sunny, albeit cold weather is expected over the weekend throughout much of the nation’s mid-section," USDA explains. Snow showers will also end for the time being in the Intermountain West, but precipitation will return to the Pacific Coast, according to USDA.


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