USDA: Rain Expected from Gulf Coast to Ohio Valley Next Week

February 14, 2013 02:15 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, scattered snow showers and breezy conditions are affecting Montana and the Dakotas. "Dry weather covers the remainder of the nation's mid-section," USDA adds. On the southern Plains, rangeland, pastures, and winter grains are benefiting from the effects of Tuesday's rain and snow, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says a few showers are moving into western Washington. Elsewhere, dry weather prevails, USDA adds. "Cool conditions linger across much of the region, but mild weather is returning to the Pacific Coast States," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says a disturbance crossing the Great Lakes region is producing some light snow. Colder air trails the disturbance into the upper Midwest, USDA adds.

In the South, USDA says Florida's peninsula is receiving much-needed rainfall, triggered by a slow-moving cold front. "Dry weather has returned to most other areas, although lowland flooding persists in the central Gulf Coast region," USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says for today and Friday, cold air will overspread the Plains and Midwest. "Cold conditions will shift into the eastern U.S. during the weekend, while temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels across the nation’s midsection," USDA explains. Early next week, USDA says another surge of cold air will reach the northern Plains and upper Midwest. "Meanwhile, only light precipitation will occur across the U.S. during the next several days, except for late-week showers across Florida’s peninsula and some snow from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast," USDA reports. By early next week, however, locally heavy rain will develop from the Gulf Coast northward into the Ohio Valley, while shower activity will increase across the Northwest, according to USDA.


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