USDA: Showers, Thunderstorms Expected for Midwest & Mid-South

March 7, 2013 02:04 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a few snow showers are spreading across Montana. "Dry weather covers the remainder of the nation’s mid-section," USDA adds. Meanwhile, warm weather is returning to the central and southern High Plains, where today’s high temperatures will generally range from 65°F to 80°F, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says rain and snow showers stretch across the northern tier of the region from western Washington to the northern Rockies. "Farther south, colder air is overspreading California and the Great Basin, accompanied by isolated showers," USDA continues. In contrast, warm, dry weather prevails in the Southwest, USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports cold weather covers the upper Midwest, where this morning’s low temperatures dipped to 0°F or below as far south as northeastern Iowa. "Dry weather and below-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the Midwest, except for some snow showers in the lower Great Lakes region," USDA elaborates.

In the South, USDA says a freeze warning is in effect this morning across much of Georgia. "However, temperatures remained safely above the freezing mark in Florida’s citrus belt," USDA explains. Elsewhere in the South, cool, dry weather prevails, USDA adds.

USDA's outlook says a disorganized storm system beginning to affect the western U.S. will cross the Southwest on Friday and reach the central High Plains on Saturday. "During the weekend, the system will move northeastward into the Midwest," USDA elaborates. Early next week, a cold front associated with the storm will traverse the southern and eastern U.S., accompanied by showers and thunderstorms, according to USDA. During the next five days, precipitation totals of up to an inch can be expected from the Southwest into the Midwest, while rainfall could locally exceed 2 inches in the Mid-South, USDA continues. Northwest of the storm’s path, USDA reports late-season snowfall can be expected from the central Rockies into the upper Great Lakes region. A brief surge of cool air will trail the storm, but by early next week, temperatures will quickly rebound to above-normal levels across the western half of the U.S., according to USDA.


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