The Weather Front On-Line (March 2011)
Across the Corn Belt, cold, mostly dry weather prevails, except for a few snow showers in the Ohio and middle Missouri Valleys. In the upper Midwest, cold weather has reduced runoff into swollen creeks and river.
Across the Corn Belt, some light snow is overspreading westernmost areas. Meanwhile, flooding continues in parts of the western Corn Belt. For example, the James River at Mitchell, South Dakota, crested 8.14 feet above flood stage on March 26—just 0.19 foot (2.28 inches) below the April 2001 high-water mark.
Across the Corn Belt, widespread precipitation (rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow) covers Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri. Significant flooding is underway in parts of the western Corn Belt, although recent cold weather has curbed runoff into swollen creeks and rivers.
Across the Corn Belt, lowland flooding is underway in the upper Midwest, with the highest water levels currently affecting eastern South Dakota and portions of southern Minnesota. However, cold weather is temporarily minimizing additional runoff into swollen creeks and rivers.
Across the Corn Belt, precipitation (rain and snow) is developing across northern areas. In the upper Midwest, where some lowland flooding has already developed, additional moisture is not welcome.