USDA: Temps Dip into the 20s as Far South as Northern Texas

08:35AM Apr 19, 2013
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USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms continue this morning over the Ohio Valley along the cold front that swept through the Midwest overnight. "Flood warnings are still active from Missouri to Michigan, following soaking rain (local amounts in excess of 5 inches)," USDA explains. Snow showers linger in the upper Midwest, it adds.

In the West, USDA reports a new Pacific storm is bringing rain and snow showers to Washington and Oregon. "Warm, sunny weather supports fieldwork, including rice and cotton planting, in California and the Southwest," USDA continues.

On the Plains, USDA reports cool, mostly dry weather dominates in the wake of a strong storm system, although light snow showers linger in northern areas. "Freezes were again recorded this morning as far south as North Texas, where some locations reported temperatures in the low 20°s F," USDA elaborates.

In the South, USDA reports showers and thunderstorms extend from the Gulf Coast to the southern Appalachians at the southern end of a strong cold front. "Rain should reach the southern Atlantic Coast by this afternoon," USDA continues.

In its outlook USDA says over the next 24 hours, the strong cold front approaching the Atlantic Coast is expected to generate widespread, locally showers and thunderstorms from the Florida Panhandle to southern New England. "By tomorrow morning, rainfall totaling more than 1 inch will be possible in most areas," USDA says. Lighter rain is initially anticipated in Florida’s Peninsula, but additional rain is expected to form early next week, USDA continues. Cool weather will gradually shift eastward from the Great Plains in the storm’s wake, with frost and freezing temperatures possible in the middle Mississippi and Ohio Valleys over the next few days, according to USDA. "Precipitation from the new Pacific storm system is forecast to reach the Northern Plains by the Sunday," USDA elaborates. However, USDA says warm, dry weather will continue in California and the Southwest, supporting rapid planting of row crops and other seasonal fieldwork.