USDA: Weekend Cold Surge for Northern and Central Plains, Upper Midwest

November 17, 2011 02:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing storm. "Low temperatures ranged from 5° to 10°F this morning in much of the northwestern Corn Belt," USDA adds. Following recent rainfall, wet fields continue to limit late-season harvest activities in parts of the eastern Corn Belt, USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says showers are spreading inland from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather favors fieldwork, including cotton harvesting in California and Arizona," USDA says.

On the Plains, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a return to mild, breezy conditions in Montana. "This morning's temperatures fell below 20°F across parts of the southern High Plains, and dipped below 10°F in the Dakotas," USDA adds. Cotton, peanut and sorghum harvest activities continue on the southern Plains, USDA explains.

In the South, recovery efforts are underway in areas struck by a mid-November severe weather outbreak, USDA reports. "Isolated deadly tornadoes occurred on Wednesday in the Carolinas, while scattered reports of wind damage were noted from Alabama to Virginia," USDA explains. Thunderstorms continue this morning across Florida's peninsula, USDA says.

USDA's outlook calls for a surge of very cold air to arrive in Montana on Friday and expand across the northern and central Plains, upper Midwest, and much of the West during the weekend. "Sub-zero temperatures can be expected on the northern Plains, while light freezes may occur as far south as California’s San Joaquin Valley," USDA adds. Snow will precede and accompany the surge of cold air across the nation’s northern tier from the Cascades to the upper Great Lakes region, according to USDA. Meanwhile, USDA explains weekend warmth will overspread areas along and east of a line from the southern Plains to the lower Great Lakes region. "By early next week, locally heavy rain will erupt from the southeastern Plains into the Mid-South," USDA says.


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