The Weather Front On-Line (March 2011)
A large swath of the country is at risk of moderate to major flooding this spring, from northeastern Montana through western Wisconsin, following the Mississippi River south to St. Louis, National Weather Service flood experts are forecasting. The agency released a spring flood outlook for this region.
Showers & isolated thunderstorms will spread across the area Sunday, with the best chance for rain setting up north of I-70. Temperatures will be on the mild-side, with readings 50s.
Meanwhile, ice-jam flooding remains a threat in a few Midwestern river basins.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather prevails. The northern Corn Belt’s substantial snow cover continues to erode, but a large amount of moisture remains locked into place. Ice-jam flooding remains a threat in several Midwestern river basins.
Across the Corn Belt, chilly conditions linger across the lower Great Lakes region. Mild weather is returning to the remainder of the Midwest. A substantial snow cover persists across the northern Corn Belt, where depths of a foot or greater remain common.
Across the Corn Belt, an extensive snow cover and cold conditions are maintaining stress on livestock. Snow depths of 1 to 2 feet remain common across the northern half of the Corn Belt, where Friday morning’s low temperatures locally fell below -10 degrees.
On the Plains, a significant snow storm is underway across central portions of the region, including Kansas and eastern Colorado. The snow is providing winter wheat with much-needed moisture and insulation in advance of another Arctic blast. Tuesday morning’s temperatures fell below -20 degrees in parts of the Dakotas and eastern Montana.