Across the Corn Belt, the first major cold wave of the winter of 2012-13 continues. Thursday morning’s temperatures fell below -10° in the far upper Midwest, including much of Minnesota, the eastern Dakotas, and northern Wisconsin. Cold weather is maintaining stress on livestock, although Midwestern snow depths are mostly shallow.
Very cold weather will prevail again for today as high pressure of Arctic origins continues to settle-in from the northwest. Highs today will range through the teens, with overnight lows ranging through the single digits. Some moderation in the cold will begin by daybreak tomorrow, with temperatures quickly moderating into the 20s by afternoon.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Patches of snow remain across the Corn Belt, but any substantial snow cover is confined to the upper Midwest.
On the Plains, cold conditions persist, except for mild, breezy weather in Montana. Sub-zero temperatures were common Tuesday morning from eastern Colorado to the Dakotas.
Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather prevails, except for some snow showers downwind of the Great Lakes. The cold weather (Monday’s temperatures fell below 0° in the far upper Midwest) is increasing livestock stress.
On the Plains, cold weather is posing a threat to already drought-stressed wheat across central areas.
Across the Corn Belt, mild weather is starting to melt a snow cover that has persisted for 2 to 3 weeks across the Ohio Valley and the upper Midwest. In the last 24 hours, snow depths have declined an inch in both Des Moines, Iowa (currently 4 inches), and Indianapolis, Indiana (2 inches).
Across the Corn Belt, a variable snow cover exists.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching storm system. Some frozen precipitation (mostly snow and freezing rain) is developing in southern Missouri, on the Ozark Plateau.
On the Plains, precipitation is affecting the southern half of the region.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, snowy weather lingers in upper Mississippi Valley, but drier conditions have returned to the Ohio Valley in the wake of Wednesday’s winter storm.
Across the Corn Belt, a major winter storm is underway in the Ohio Valley, where frozen precipitation (snow, sleet, and freezing rain) is occurring. Blizzard Warnings are in effect Wednesday from near the mouth of the Ohio River into western Ohio. Meanwhile, cold, dry weather covers the upper Midwest, where the ground remains snow-covered.
2012 was warmer and drier than normal across central and southeast Illinois. Some of the highlights included the warmest March on record, and a summer which was one of the hottest in recent memory. Drought conditions rapidly developed during the late spring and summer, and severely impacted area crops and lawns.
While much of the area saw some easing of the drought duri