Snow Expected for Southern High Plains, Southern and Eastern Areas of Corn Belt

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:24 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, winter wheat production areas remain devoid of snow cover, following a February warm spell. "Temperatures have fallen slightly from last week’s record-setting levels, but remain above normal in all areas but the southern Plains," USDA explains.

In the West, USDA reports patchy, light precipitation is mainly confined to the Pacific Northwest and northern Intermountain West. "Despite slight improvement from last week’s storm, the average water content of the Sierra Nevada snow pack—21 inches—remains slightly below the late-February average," USDA details.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says mild, dry weather prevails. "Recent warmth has melted all of the Midwestern snow, except in a few northern locations," it adds.

In the South, USDA reports locally heavy rain stretches from southern and eastern Texas into parts of Georgia. "For many areas west of the Mississippi Delta, the rain is helping to break a dry spell that has lasted nearly two months," the department elaborates.

In its outlook, USDA says a suddenly active weather pattern across the southern and eastern U.S. will result in five-day precipitation totals of 2 to 5 inches. "Some of the heaviest rain can be expected in the southern Appalachians and environs," USDA explains. Severe thunderstorms will be a threat across the South, especially on Feb. 23. "On the northern and western edge of the storminess, snow accumulations can be expected in the central and southern Rockies and southern High Plains (on Feb. 22-23) and parts of the southern and eastern Corn Belt (on Feb. 23-24)," USDA elaborates. Snow should linger into Friday across the lower Great Lakes region, USDA adds. Toward week’s end, precipitation will approach the northern Pacific Coast, preceded by a surge of warm weather across the western and central U.S., according to USDA. Much of the remainder of the U.S., including California, the Desert Southwest, and the northern Plains, will remain dry during the next five days, USDA reports.

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