The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A taste of Springtime ahead

On the Plains, unusually warm weather prevails across the northern half of the region. Wednesday high temperatures greater than 60° will occur as far north as Montana. The early-season warmth is causing wheat to prematurely lose some winter hardiness.

A very mild pattern; wetter days ahead

On the Plains, beneficial precipitation continues across portions of Oklahoma and Texas. In parts of Texas’ northern panhandle, rain has changed to wet snow. Meanwhile, mild weather continues across the northern Plains, where most winter wheat production areas no longer have a protective snow cover.

An early Spring-like feel ahead

On the Plains, mild, dry weather covers the northern half of the region, where winter wheat’s protective snow cover has largely disappeared. Meanwhile, cool, rainy weather is replacing record-setting warmth on the southern High Plains, benefiting winter wheat. On Saturday, the southwestern Oklahoma community of Mangum reported a high temperature of 99°.

More mild weather yet to come

On the Plains, sudden warmth has returned. In fact, temperatures could reach 90° later Friday on the southern High Plains. On the northern High Plains, the warm weather is eroding winter wheat’s protective snow cover. Throughout the region, early-season warmth is a concern with respect to wheat losing winter hardiness.

A short snippet of Winter

On the Plains, bitterly cold weather prevails across Montana and the Dakotas, where a variable snow cover is providing winter wheat with some insulation. Patches of light snow are occurring across the central Plains as sharply colder air arrives, while warmth prevails across the southern Plains.

A meteorological smorgasbord ahead

On the Plains, warm, dry, breezy conditions persist from Kansas southward. In stark contrast, frigid air is overspreading the northern Plains, accompanied by breezy weather and some snow showers. A variable snow cover in Montana and the Dakotas is providing winter wheat with some insulation from the cold weather.

A wide-range of temps across the Heartland

On the Plains, cold air is settling across Montana and the Dakotas, accompanied by some snow along and near the Canadian border. Warm, dry, breezy weather covers the remainder of the nation’s mid-section, despite an increase in cloudiness. An elevated to critical risk of wildfires exists today across the southern High Plains.

An active pattern set to resume

On the Plains, a cold, dry weather pattern is in place. Early Friday, temperatures dipped below 0° as far south as western Nebraska. A variable snow cover across the northern Plains is providing winter wheat with some degree of protection from the cold weather.

"Ups & downs" but generally a mild pattern

On the Plains, cold, mostly dry weather prevails. Snow showers are confined to western Nebraska and environs. The southern half of the region is devoid of snow cover, while at least one-fifth of the winter wheat crop is currently rated in very poor to poor condition in Texas (27%), Colorado (21%), and Kansas (20%).