The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A challenging Winter weather pattern ahead

On the Plains, substantial snow covers roughly the northern one-third of the region, which is helping to insulate and provide moisture for winter wheat. Meanwhile, temporarily mild weather prevails across the central and southern Plains, where pockets of unfavorable dryness persist in key wheat-production areas.

A tough Winter pattern ahead

On the Plains, very cold conditions prevail, with widespread readings below 0° noted Friday morning across the northern half of the region. In areas that remain unfavorably dry, such as the central High Plains, the sudden turn toward cold weather could result in additional stress on poorly established stands of winter wheat.

Cold wave to intensify across the Corn Belt

On the Plains, frigid, breezy weather is maintaining stress on livestock, especially from Montana and the Dakotas southward to Colorado and Kansas. Very cold weather is also a concern with respect to winter wheat on the central High Plains that is not well established due to drought. Thursday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° as far south as eastern Colorado and western Kansas.

Colder, snowier days ahead

On the Plains, Blizzard Warnings have expired across North Dakota, although bitterly cold, breezy conditions persist. In fact, frigid, breezy conditions throughout the northern and central Plains are increasing livestock stress, with temperatures below -10° reported Wednesday morning in parts of Montana. Farther south, some light snow is overspreading the central High Plains.

Sharply colder air on the move

On the Plains, Blizzard Warnings are in effect for much of North Dakota, where snow, wind, and bitterly cold conditions are hampering travel and increasing livestock stress. The coldest air of the season (widespread temperatures below 0°) trails the storm across the northern High Plains.

A mighty big change in weather ahead

On the Plains, cloudiness is increasing in advance of an approaching storm system. Unfavorably dry soils continue to hamper winter wheat establishment in some areas, particularly on the central High Plains.

An active pattern in the early days of December

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails, except for rain and snow showers across the upper Midwest. With only a few exceptions, autumn fieldwork—winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting—is complete.

A more seasonal pattern shift ahead

On the Plains, widespread snow showers accompany gusty winds across the Dakotas and eastern Montana. Colder air is arriving across the High Plains, but warmth lingers on the eastern Plains. On November 27, topsoil moisture was rated more than half very short to short in Colorado (60%) and Oklahoma (55%), and ranged from 61 to 80% very short to short across the western one-third of Kansas.

More moisture ahead for the Heartland

On the Plains, wind-blown snow is blanketing western North Dakota and environs, disrupting travel and increasing livestock stress. Rain is falling farther east, in the Red River Valley of the North. In contrast, mild, breezy weather prevails on the central and southern Plains, where pockets of unfavorable dryness persist.