USDA: Significant Rain Possible from Texas to Missouri

October 28, 2013 03:57 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a winter storm warning is in effect for much of central and western Montana, where snow is already falling. "This morning’s low temperatures in Montana generally ranged from 20°F to 30°F, with some lower readings near the Canadian border," USDA elaborates. Elsewhere, dry weather favors fieldwork, although lingering warmth across the southeastern half of the Plains contrasts with chilly conditions farther north and west, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports a developing storm centered over Nevada is producing widespread rain and snow showers, as well as breezy conditions, from the Sierra Nevada to the northern Rockies. "Blustery conditions are also affecting the Southwest, enhancing the risk of wildfires in some areas," USDA details.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild weather across the southern tier of the Midwest favors harvest activities and winter wheat emergence. "Meanwhile, cold weather prevails from Nebraska and the Dakotas eastward to Michigan," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says scattered showers are causing minor fieldwork delays. "During the weekend, however, dry weather in the Southeast favored winter wheat planting and harvest activities for a variety of summer crops," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says a developing storm over the Intermountain West will drift eastward, reaching the central Plains by mid-week. "By Nov. 1, the low-pressure system will be crossing eastern Canada, with a trailing cold front along the Atlantic Seaboard," USDA reports. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in many areas from the eastern Plains to the Appalachians, with 5-inch totals possible from northeastern Texas to northern Missouri, according to USDA. "Meanwhile, the storm will also produce significant, late-October snow fall (6 to 18 inches) across portions of the northern Rockies, northern High Plains, and Intermountain West," USDA continues.


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