USDA: Warmth to Spread Across the Nation Next Week

08:50AM Apr 17, 2014
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USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, a little light rain is falling across southeastern Colorado and southern Kansas. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails, USDA adds. Freezes were noted this morning as far south as northern Kansas, while temperatures dipped below 20°F in parts of the Dakotas, according to USDA.

In the West, USDA reports unusual spring warmth is starting to spread eastward from California and the Great Basin. "Today’s high temperatures will top 90°F in the Desert Southwest," USDA details. Cool weather lingers, however, in the Rockies and Pacific Northwest. Showers accompany the cool conditions in the Northwest, USDA continues.

In the Corn Belt, NWS frost and freeze warnings are in effect early today in parts of the middle Ohio Valley. "Farther north, late-season snow continues to accumulate in portions of the upper Great Lakes region," USDA reports. Throughout the Midwest, cool weather is limiting spring fieldwork, USDA continues.

In the South, USDA says NWS frost and freeze warnings are in effect early today across eastern portions of Tennessee and Kentucky, upstate sections of the Carolinas, much of Virginia and northeastern Georgia. "Cold weather continues to threaten a variety of commodities, including fruits, emerged summer crops, and heading winter grains," USDA reports. However, crop development is generally behind schedule due to cooler-than-normal spring weather, according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says for the remainder of the week, significant precipitation will be mainly confined to the Southeast and Northwest. "Rainfall could reach 2 to 4 inches in the eastern Gulf Coast region and along the southern Atlantic Coast, while similar amounts can be expected west of the Cascades," USDA elaborates. During the weekend, USDA explains a developing storm will produce widespread, generally light precipitation across the Plains and upper Midwest. "Precipitation could locally top an inch from the southern Plains to the Great Lakes region," USDA details. Meanwhile, warmth will expand eastward, resulting in near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide by early next week, USDA continues.