The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A more active pattern ahead for parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a weak disturbance is bringing snow to portions of Minnesota and Iowa, with a forecast for blowing snow and dangerous wind chills later Wednesday evening. Cloudy, mostly dry weather is expected elsewhere in the Midwest, with daytime highs staying below freezing in the upper Mississippi Valley.

Winter-like pattern across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow squalls are subsiding downwind of the Great Lakes, but cold conditions persist throughout the region. Sub-zero temperatures were noted Friday morning in the upper Mississippi Valley, maintaining stress on livestock. Snow on the ground continues to hamper late-season harvest activities across the northern Corn Belt and parts of the Ohio Valley.

Unseasonably cold dominates the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers and squalls persist downwind of the Great Lakes. Cold, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. A snow cover continues to limit fieldwork in parts of the northern Corn Belt, but harvest activities are proceeding in other areas, despite cold conditions.

Harsh, mid-Winter cold covers the Plains

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers linger across the upper Midwest and downwind of the Great Lakes. Early Wednesday morning snow depth in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, is 3 inches. Late-season corn harvesting is on hold across the northern Corn Belt, but producers across the remainder of the Midwest are harvesting as conditions permit.

Harsh, mid-Winter cold tightens its grip

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers linger across the upper Midwest and downwind of the Great Lakes. Early Wednesday morning snow depth in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, is 3 inches. Late-season corn harvesting is on hold across the northern Corn Belt, but producers across the remainder of the Midwest are harvesting as conditions permit.

A cold wave pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, cool, damp conditions will cause further harvest delays from Minnesota to Michigan. Dry weather elsewhere in the nation’s mid-section favors corn and soybean harvesting.

Widespread rains on the southern Plains

On the Plains, moisture entrainment from eastern Pacific Hurricane Vance is contributing to heavy rainfall from southwestern Texas into Oklahoma. Overnight rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches or more were common along this axis of heavy precipitation, halting fieldwork and threatening open-boll cotton, but providing much-needed moisture for rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat.

The season's coldest air on the move

Across the Corn Belt, snow is falling in the upper Great Lakes region, while rain showers stretch southward from Lower Michigan through the Ohio Valley. Sharply colder air is overspreading the entire region, with Friday morning’s low temperatures generally ranging from 15 to 25° in the upper Midwest.

An active pattern in the weeks to come

Across the Corn Belt, near-normal temperatures are arriving in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Dry, breezy weather favors a limited return to fieldwork, although clouds and a few showers linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes.

A change in weather ahead

Across the Corn Belt, rain showers and a few thunderstorms are affecting northern corn and soybean production areas. Autumn fieldwork, with the exception of upper Midwestern soybean harvesting, remains behind schedule due to late crop maturation and the lingering effects of early- to mid-October downpours.