The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, cold weather covers the upper Midwest, where Thursday morning’s low temperatures dipped to 0° or below as far south as northeastern Iowa. Dry weather and below-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the Midwest, except for some snow showers in the lower Great Lakes region.
On the Plains, a few snow showers are spreading across Montana.
Across the Corn Belt, snow is spreading eastward from the middle and upper Mississippi Valley, while rain showers are affecting the Ohio Valley. Winter storm warnings are in effect in a broad area from Minnesota to Ohio.
A thick blanket of snow remains in place across much of the northern and western Corn Belt, with depths at 10 inches in Kansas City, Missouri; 9 inches in Des Moines, Iowa; and 7 inches in Rockford, Illinois.
Snow remains on the ground across portions of the central and southern Plains, with depths at 6 inches in Wichita, Kansas, and 3 inches in Omaha, Nebraska, and Enid, Oklahoma.
Across the Corn Belt, wind-blown snow showers persist across roughly the eastern half of the region.
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.