USDA: Sub-Zero Temps on Northern Plains

January 12, 2012 02:29 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, sharply colder, windy, snowy conditions cover the Mississippi Valley. "Meanwhile, mild, weather lingers across the eastern Corn Belt," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA says warm, dry weather persists from California into the Southwest, but cold weather prevails in the Rockies and Northwest. "The Sierra Nevada will need to receive an average of 2 ½ inches of precipitation (melted snow) per week between now and April 1 to achieve a "normal" wet season," USDA reports.

On the Plains, USDA says cold, dry weather prevails. "This morning’s temperatures fell below 0°F across parts of the northern Plains, mainly east of the primary winter wheat areas," USDA adds.

In the South, warmth lingers in the southern Atlantic States, but cold, dry air covers the remainder of the region, according to USDA.

USDA's outlook says a low-pressure system will intensify over the Great Lakes region before drifting into eastern Canada. "Rain will end later today in the Northeast, but snow will expand across the Midwest and into northern and central Appalachians," USDA reports. The remainder of the U.S. will remain mostly dry into early next week, except for a few showers in the Northwest, USDA says. "Temperatures will quickly rebound to above-normal levels across the western and central U.S., but chilly conditions will persist through the weekend in the East," USDA says. Another surge of cold air will arrive early next week across the northern Plains and the Northwest, according to USDA.


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