USDA: Weekend Thunderstorms for the Central, Southern Plains & Midwest

November 8, 2012 02:09 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, chilly conditions linger across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. "Farther west, mild, dry weather favors late-season corn and soybean harvest efforts," USDA reports.

In the West, USDA says a few rain and snow showers dot the interior Northwest in conjunction with a developing storm. "Elsewhere, mild, dry weather continues to promote autumn fieldwork, including California's cotton harvest," USDA explains.

On the Plains, USDA reports sharply colder air is invading Montana in advance of an approaching storm system. "Elsewhere, a continuation of warm, dry weather is maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat," USDA says.

In the South, cool, dry weather favors late-season fieldwork, including winter wheat planting and cotton, peanut, and soybean harvesting, according to USDA. "Freezes were noted this morning as far south as central Mississippi and parts of South Carolina," USDA reports.

USDA's outlook says for today, weather conditions will gradually improve in the Northeast, although gusty winds will persist. "Early-morning snow depths include 5 inches in Newark, New Jersey, and 4 inches in Islip, New York," USDA elaborates. Meanwhile, USDA says snow will develop today across northern portions of the Rockies and Plains. "A blizzard warning has been issued for north-central and northeastern Montana, where high winds will accompany 8 to 12 inches of late-week snow," USDA explains. Accumulating snow can be expected as far south as the Sierra Nevada and the central Rockies, and as far east as northern Minnesota, USDA continues. Along the storm’s trailing cold front, locally severe thunderstorms may occur on Saturday from the central and Southern Plains into the upper Midwest, according to USDA. "By Nov. 11-12, heavy rain (1 to 3 inches) can be expected from northeastern Texas into Michigan," USDA reports. Some beneficial precipitation will also fall in the Southwest, but USDA says significant rainfall will largely bypass the central and southern High Plains. "Sharply colder air will trail the storm, with below-normal temperatures covering the western two-thirds of the U.S. by early next week," USDA explains. In contrast, temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels in the East, USDA reports.


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