Showers to Develop over the Weekend in Western Corn Belt

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:23 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says in the Corn Belt, dry weather in the upper Midwest continues to favor soybean and late-season corn planting. "Fields continue to gradually dry out in the eastern Corn Belt States of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, but showers are returning to parts of the southern Corn Belt, including Missouri and southern Illinois," according to USDA.

In the West, USDA says scattered showers dot the northwestern half of the region. "Currently, the heaviest precipitation is falling across the northern Intermountain West," USDA continues. Elsewhere, dry but windy weather prevails in the Southwest, according to USDA.

On the Plains, USDA reports mostly dry, breezy weather prevails in advance of an approaching storm system. "Soil moisture remains mostly adequate for rangeland, pastures, winter grains, and spring-sown crops," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA says dry weather has returned to the western Gulf Coast region, although fieldwork delays persist in some of the wettest areas. "Meanwhile, locally heavy showers are spreading into the Southeast, disrupting fieldwork but boosting soil moisture in areas that have trended dry in recent weeks," USDA explains.

In its outlook, USDA says two slow-moving storms—one currently centered near the central Gulf Coast and the other over the West—will provide most of the nation’s precipitation during the next several days. "Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches in the Southeast and Northwest. Most of the Southeastern rain should fall by Saturday, although showers may linger in the middle and northern Atlantic States into early next week," USDA details. In the West, it reports late-season snow can be expected in the southern Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada. "Meanwhile across the Plains and western Corn Belt, where showers and thunderstorms will develop during the weekend, totals could locally reach 1 to 2 inches," according to USDA. In contrast, dry weather should prevail during the next five days in the Southwest, it continues. "Starting early next week, temperatures will rebound to near- or above-normal levels across the central and eastern U.S.," USDA reports.

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