USDA: Widespread Precip, Flooding in the Corn Belt

08:47AM Apr 18, 2013
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USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, a spring storm is generating widespread rain, flooding, and locally severe weather in the middle Mississippi Valley and central Great Lakes Region. "Meanwhile, snow will fall throughout the day in the upper Midwest, promising to bring several additional inches of snow to Minnesota and northern Wisconsin," USDA elaborates.

In the West, USDA says warm, sunny weather promotes fieldwork, including rice and cotton planting, in California and the Southwest. Snow has ended in most Intermountain Watersheds, USDA adds.

On the Plains, USDA reports snow showers linger in central and northern areas as cold air descends upon the region in the wake of a strong spring storm. "Freeze warnings are in effect as far south as North Texas," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA explains the cold front moving eastward from Texas will bring heavy rain and the potential for severe weather to the Delta later today. "Mostly dry weather will facilitate summer crop planting in the Southeast," USDA continues.

USDA's outlook says over the next few days, the center of the Midwestern spring storm will track northeastward over the Great Lakes Region, trailing a cold front that will bring rain and thunderstorms to much of the East through Saturday morning. "Rainfall totaling more than 1 inch will be possible from the Florida Panhandle to southern New England, with lighter rain anticipated in Florida’s Peninsula," according to USDA. Another cool morning is expected tomorrow on the Great Plains in the wake of the storm, with freeze warnings in effect as far south as Lubbock, Texas, USDA explains. Meanwhile, USDA reports a new storm system will bring locally heavy rain and snow showers to the Pacific Northwest, with a wintery mix of precipitation forecast to return to the northern Plains by the weekend. "Warm, dry weather will support rapid planting of row crops in California and the Southwest," USDA continues.