USDA: Storm to Bring More Snow to Upper Midwest Early Next Week

February 24, 2012 02:11 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, wet snow is falling in parts of the Great Lakes region, especially in the vicinity of Lakes Michigan and Huron. "Snow has ended across the western Corn Belt, while windy conditions and scattered rain showers are affecting Ohio Valley," USDA explains. This morning's snow depths include 4 inches in Des Moines, Iowa, and Lansing, Michigan, and 5 inches in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports unfavorably dry conditions persist. "The water equivalent of the high-elevation Sierra Nevada snow pack currently averages 7 inches, just 30 percent of normal for late February," USDA explains. Elsewhere, warm weather is returning to the Pacific Coast States, while cool conditions linger across the remainder of the region, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA says cool, dry weather prevails, except for lingering snow showers across northern areas. Winds have diminished on the southern High Plains, following Thursday's dust storm, USDA adds.

In the South, USDA reports cool, breezy weather prevails from the western Gulf Coast region into the lower Mississippi Valley. "Meanwhile, showers and locally severe thunderstorms are sweeping across the Southeast, although Florida's peninsula remains unfavorably warm and dry," USDA explains.

USDA's outlook says precipitation will end later today or early Saturday across the East, except for lingering showers across the Deep South. "During the weekend, snow will spread eastward across the nation’s northern tier," USDA says, continuing, "Early next week, a late-winter storm will produce snow from the central Rockies into the upper Midwest, and showers and thunderstorms farther south and east." In the storm’s wake, USDA says colder air will return to the northern Plains and much of the West during the first half of next week. "Meanwhile, temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels from the central and southern Plains into the East," USDA adds.


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