USDA: Snow Is Blanketing Parts of Southern Plains

February 12, 2013 02:32 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, locally heavy snow is blanketing western Oklahoma, northeastern New Mexico, and Texas' northern panhandle. "Farther east, rain showers are affecting other parts of Oklahoma and Texas," USDA adds. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather prevails across the northern Plains, initiating some melting of snow that has recently fallen, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says snow showers are ending across the southern Rockies. Mostly dry weather and below-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the region, USDA continues. "The National Weather Service has issued frost advisories, effective early today, for some inland valleys in southern sections of California and Arizona," USDA elaborates.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mostly dry weather accompanies near- to above-normal temperatures. However, some snow showers linger downwind of the Great Lakes, USDA adds. "Snowcover exists across roughly the northern half of the region, from the Dakotas to Michigan," USDA explains.

In the South, USDA says a broken band of rain showers stretches across the region, excluding Florida's peninsula. "Topsoil moisture in Florida was rated 59% very short to short on February 10, only a slight improvement from 62% the previous week," USDA reports. In contrast, some lowland flooding persists in the central Gulf Coast region, it continues.

In its outlook, USDA says an active weather pattern will prevail in many parts of the country through week’s end. "A developing storm currently over the south-central U.S. will drift eastward, resulting in mid-week rain in the Southeast and some wet snow from the central Appalachians into southern New England," USDA reports. A late-week surge of cold air will trail the storm into the Plains and Midwest, USDA continues. During the weekend, USDA says there is the potential for a snow storm in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states. "Regardless of the weekend storm’s outcome, cold air will settle across the East by Sunday," USDA adds. Farther west, weekend temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels across the nation’s mid-section, according to USDA. "Elsewhere, occasional rain and snow showers in the Northwest will contrast with generally dry weather from California into the Southwest," USDA explains.

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