Needed Precip Headed for Winter Wheat Country

Posted on 04/16/2018 10:35 AM

On the Plains, snow remains on the ground in many areas from Nebraska northward, following an historic, late-season storm that snarled transportation and severely stressed livestock. “Farther south, wildfire-affected areas in western Oklahoma and environs are getting a temporary reprieve from windy weather,” USDA continues. Elsewhere, winter wheat producers on the central and southern Plains are monitoring the impacts of recent hard freezes, USDA continues.

In the Corn Belt, USDA reports areas along and northwest of a line from Nebraska to northern Lower Michigan remain covered by snow, following a record-setting storm. “Nearly all Midwestern fieldwork remains stalled by cold, wet soils and low air temperatures. Currently, snow showers linger across the Great Lakes region,” USDA explains.

In the West, USDA says mild, breezy weather in Wyoming and the Four Corners States contrasts with chilly conditions farther west. “Widespread showers accompany the cool weather in northern California and the Northwest,” USDA details.

In the South, USDA reports scattered locations in the southern Atlantic States are beginning recovery efforts, following the recent strong thunderstorms that resulted in heavy rain, flash flooding, and isolated tornadoes. “Farther west, freeze warnings are in effect early today in parts of the mid-South, including much of Arkansas, where producers are monitoring winter wheat, blooming fruits, and emerged summer crops,” USDA elaborates.

Looking ahead, USDA reports a potent storm system over the Northeast will drift across the Canadian Maritimes by mid-week. “Additional precipitation in the Northeast could total 1 to 2 inches or more, while snow showers will linger from the Great Lakes region to the Appalachians,” USDA details. In the storm’s wake, cool weather will dominate the country, except for a brief, early-week burst of wind and warmth across the drought-stricken southern High Plains, USDA continues. “Two additional storms will cross the nation; the first system will reach the central Plains on Tuesday and the Northeast by Thursday, while the second storm will arrive at week’s end across the nation’s mid-section,” USDA details. The second system could provide much-needed precipitation on the central and southern Plains, according to the department.

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