Storm Recovery Efforts Underway in Plains and Midwest

Posted on 03/09/2017 10:24 AM

USDA's Joint Ag Weather Facility says on the Plains, storm recovery efforts are underway in central portions of the region following yesterday’s heavy snow, though the snowpack is protecting winter wheat from temperatures this morning as low as 0°F on the central High Plains. "Short-term dryness has reduced topsoil moisture over the southern Plains," USDA adds.

In the West, USDA reports clouds are increasing ahead of the next Pacific storm. "Recent rain and mountain snow have benefited pastures and spring runoff prospects, but the impacts of long-term drought linger in the form of still-low reservoirs and depleted groundwater supplies," USDA explains.

In the Corn Belt, USDA says snow is diminishing in western and northern portions of the region. "Seasonably colder weather is returning to the Ohio Valley and southern Corn Belt following yesterday’s heavy rain," USDA continues.

In the South, USDA reports cooler conditions behind a strong cold front — which produced yesterday’s locally severe thunderstorms — are replacing recent spring-like warmth in the Delta. "However, moderate to heavy showers associated with the front are moving into the Southeast and northern Florida, disrupting seasonal fieldwork," USDA adds.

In its outlook, USDA explains snow will end over the Midwest as this week’s major winter storm departs across the Great Lakes, though the storm’s trailing cold front will produce heavy showers and potentially severe thunderstorms over the East Coast States before moving offshore Thursday morning. "However, the front will be slow to clear the eastern Gulf Coast Region, with moderate to heavy rain lingering in central and southern Florida into Thursday," according to USDA. Mostly dry, increasingly mild weather will prevail from the Corn Belt onto the northern Plains, while chilly conditions linger from the Gulf Coast States into central and southern portions of the Rockies and Plains, USDA elaborates. Out West, USDA says a Pacific disturbance will bring additional rain and mountain snow from northern California into the Northwest and northern Rockies. "Mostly dry, cool weather is expected over the Southwest and Four Corners Region," USDA continues.

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