The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, snow is falling, except for some rain in the Ohio Valley. Precipitation is helping to replenish topsoil moisture, although significant subsoil moisture shortages persist in the western Corn Belt.
On the Plains, snow lingers across northern areas, but dry weather has returned to the remainder of the region.
Low pressure will track out of New Mexico and into the central Plains today, then into the western Great Lakes by sunset tomorrow.
Snow will develop in extreme western Illinois by midday and spread northeast over central and east-central Illinois late this afternoon and evening.
On the Plains, bitterly cold conditions are confined to northeastern Montana and the Dakotas, where snow showers and windy conditions are increasing livestock stress. Tuesday morning’s temperatures fell below -20° in northern North Dakota. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails.
Across the Corn Belt, a disturbance crossing the Great Lakes region is producing some light snow. Colder air trails the disturbance into the upper Midwest.
On the Plains, scattered snow showers and breezy conditions are affecting Montana and the Dakotas. Dry weather covers the remainder of the nation’s mid-section.
Despite the lack of snow, precipitation this winter has been running ahead of the same pace last winter, and is 1 to 2 inches above normal in many areas. Locations from Rantoul southwest to Taylorville have had precipitation ranging from near normal up to a half inch above normal.
Across the Corn Belt, a storm crossing the lower Great Lakes region is being absorbed by a stronger system near the Mid-Atlantic Coast. Widespread precipitation, mostly snow, is causing travel disruptions in the lower Great Lakes States.
On the Plains, mild, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching Western storm system. According to the latest U.S.
Across the Corn Belt, the latest in a series of “Alberta clippers” is producing light snow across central and eastern portions of the region. Current snow depths include 6 inches in Rockford, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan. In the wake of the “clipper” system, bitterly cold, windy conditions prevail.
Across the Corn Belt, bitter cold weather is stressing livestock, although the coldest conditions are west and north of primary winter wheat areas.
On the Plains, warmer weather is returning to the region, with Friday’s highs expected to average 5 to 10° above normal.