Dry Forecast for Great Plains and Upper Midwest

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:19 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, ice storm recovery efforts continue in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and environs. Despite the inconvenience of the freezing rain, moisture was highly beneficial for rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat, USDA explains. "Currently, generally mild, dry weather prevails in the wake of weekend storminess," USDA details.

In the West, USDA reports the first in a new series of Pacific storms is poised to strike the West Coast. Early today, rain and snow showers are overspreading the Pacific Northwest, USDA explains. "Cold, dry weather covers the remainder of the West," it continues.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says rain lingers across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. "Elsewhere, colder air is over spreading the upper Midwest, where some locations reported low temperatures near 0°F this morning, while light wintry precipitation (e.g. freezing drizzle, snow showers) is falling in the upper Great Lakes region," USDA elaborates.

In the South, scattered rain showers stretch from the central Appalachians to eastern Texas, according to USDA. Unusually warm weather covers much of the Deep South, where today’s high temperatures should again approach, reach, or exceed 80°F, it details.

In its five-day outlook, USDA says heavy precipitation will return to the Pacific Coast states, starting today in the Northwest and gradually spreading southward through California. "Five-day precipitation totals could reach 4 to 12 inches in the Pacific Northwest and parts of northern California, and 2 to 4 inches in coastal southern California," USDA explains. Significant rain and high-elevation snow will also spread inland across the Intermountain West and Southwest, it reports. In contrast, it says little or no precipitation will occur through week’s end across the Great Plains and the upper Midwest. "By midweek, however, locally heavy rain will develop in the western Gulf Coast region and spread northeastward. Five-day totals of 2 to 4 inches can be expected across much of the South, while as much as an inch of precipitation could fall in the Northeast," according to USDA.


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