Heavy Showers for Texas and Oklahoma Pose Flooding Risks

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:24 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms developed overnight in parts of western and central Texas and southwestern Oklahoma. "The storms are causing local flooding but have eased or eradicated previously dry conditions," USDA explains. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather covers the northern and central Plains, except for a few rain showers in the Dakotas, USDA continues.

In the West, USDA reports mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. "Lingering shower activity is diminishing in the Southwest, while a new round of precipitation is approaching the Pacific Northwest," USDA adds.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says scattered rain showers are developing, mainly in the Mississippi Valley. "Unusually warm weather prevails throughout the Midwest, where today’s temperatures will exceed 70°F in many locations," USDA details.

In the South, USDA reports widely scattered showers are occurring from the Mississippi Delta westward. "In the Southeast, warm, dry weather is promoting fieldwork and the development of pastures and winter grains, as well as fruits and other warm-season crops," according to USDA.

In its outlook, USDA says during the next five days, a developing storm system across the south-central U.S. could lead to at least 4 to 10 inches of rain and significant flooding from eastern Texas and Louisiana into the middle Mississippi Valley. "In addition, locally severe thunderstorms may result in localized wind and hail damage," USDA elaborates. In contrast, USDA reports warm, dry weather will prevail during the next several days in the southern Atlantic States. "Warm, dry weather will also cover the northwestern half of the Plains, but significant precipitation will return later this week to northern California (4 to 10 inches) and the Pacific Northwest (2 to 8 inches)," according to USDA.


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