The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Milder; A northern Plains Christmas Winter Storm

On the Plains, mild, dry weather prevails, despite an increase in cloudiness. On the northern High Plains, windy conditions and above-normal temperatures are eroding winter wheat’s protective snow cover. Snow has largely disappeared from the central High Plains, where additional moisture and insulation would benefit wheat that has been stressed by developing drought.

A welcome change in weather

On the Plains, a potent but short-lived cold snap is being replaced by milder conditions. In addition, windy weather across the northern High Plains is eroding winter wheat’s protective snow cover.

Cold to moderate; an active pattern to resume

On the Plains, cold weather lingers across the central and southern areas. Meanwhile, mild air is overspreading the northern Plains. During the weekend, a harsh cold snap resulted in sub-zero temperatures as far south as the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, threatening winter wheat that was poorly established due to autumn drought.

Stormy; cold wave to intensify

On the Plains, a burst of wind and warmth across the southern half of the region could briefly result in temperatures near 80º later Friday. In dramatic contrast, frigid, sub-zero temperatures persist in Montana and North Dakota. In between, a band of heavy snow is spreading across western South Dakota and environs.

Bitter cold; another winter storm for the Corn Belt

On the Plains, a snow cover remains in place across much of Montana and the Dakotas, where Wednesday morning’s temperatures largely plunged below 0°. Cold weather has also invaded the central and southern Plains, where pockets of drought and temperature extremes have maintained stress on poorly established winter wheat.

Cold to intensify, another winter storm ahead

On the Plains, very cold weather covers the northern half of the region, although snow is helping to insulate winter wheat. Sub-zero temperatures were noted Tuesday morning as far south as western Nebraska. Meanwhile, cold weather is returning to the southern half of the Plains, where pockets of unfavorable dryness persist.

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.