Blizzard Conditions Expected for the Corn Belt and Central Plains

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:24 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching storm. "By late tonight, however, blizzard conditions could engulf parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa," USDA details.

In the West, USDA reports a major winter storm is underway across the Four Corners States. "Some of today’s heaviest snow can be expected across Colorado and northern New Mexico," USDA details. Meanwhile, lingering storm impacts, including cold, windy weather and rain and snow showers, persist across southern California and the Great Basin, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA says record-setting warmth lingers across Oklahoma and Texas. "In contrast, sharply colder air is surging across the central High Plains, accompanied by snow," USDA adds. Winter storm warnings are in effect across much of Colorado, southeastern Wyoming, southern and western Nebraska, and northwestern Kansas, USDA details.

In the South, USDA reports warm weather favors the growth of cool-season pastures. "However, a few rain showers are developing across the interior Southeast," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says February will begin with cold air engulfing the western and central U.S. following a major winter storm. "Midweek temperatures could dip below 0°F as far south as the central High Plains, where fresh, deep snow should help insulate winter grains," USDA explains. The storm responsible for the cold outbreak will cross the central Plains Monday night and reach the Great Lakes region by mid-week, USDA reports. "Wind-driven snow and blizzard conditions are possible on Feb. 1-2 from the central Plains into the upper Midwest," it details. Severe thunderstorms may occur, especially on Feb. 2, from the central Gulf Coast northward into the lower Ohio Valley, according to USDA. "Storm-total precipitation could reach an inch more from the central High Plains into the Great Lakes region, and 1 to 2 inches in the Southeast," USDA elaborates. The band of heaviest snow should stretch from Colorado to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, USDA continues. Meanwhile, USDA reports mild, showery weather will continue to melt the remaining snowpack over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.


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