USDA: Snow to Develop on the Northern & Central Plains Late-week

March 24, 2014 03:47 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, USDA says a few snow flurries are confined to the northern half of the region. "However, cold weather covers all of the nation’s mid-section," USDA adds. This morning’s temperatures fell to near 10°F across portions of the northern Plains, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports unusually warm weather continues to prematurely melt mountain snow. "The average water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack stands at 7 inches, less than 25% of the late-March normal," USDA details.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says snow remains on the ground in many areas from Minnesota to Michigan. "In Michigan, Lansing has had at least an inch of snow on the ground for 106 consecutive days, breaking a record set in 1962-63," USDA reports. Cold weather prevails throughout the Midwest, USDA continues, even in areas with no remaining snowcover. Some patches of light snow are overspreading the western Corn Belt, USDA adds.

"In the South, freeze warnings are in effect early today in parts of the southern Appalachians," USDA reports. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the South, except for some rain showers along the Gulf Coast, USDA continues. "Cool, wet soils continue to limit spring fieldwork in many areas," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA for today, a developing storm will produce light snow in parts of the Midwest. "Meanwhile, rain will become heavier along the Gulf Coast," USDA continues. On March 25-26, the storm system will intensify over the western Atlantic Ocean, grazing the northern Atlantic Coast with high winds and heavy s now, USDA reports. Inland sections of the Northeast should escape with generally light snowfall, the department details. "Meanwhile, stormy weather will begin to overspread the western U.S.," USDA explains. Five-day precipitation totals could reach 3 to 6 inches in the Pacific Northwest, with 1 to 3 inches possible in northern California, according to USDA. "Parts of the Rockies and Intermountain West can expect as much as 1 to 2 inches," USDA elaborates. Toward week’s end, snow will develop across portions of the northern and central Plains and spread into the Great Lakes region, USDA explains.

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