On the Plains, a significant snow storm is underway across central portions of the region, including Kansas and eastern Colorado. The snow is providing winter wheat with much-needed moisture and insulation in advance of another Arctic blast. Tuesday morning’s temperatures fell below -20 degrees in parts of the Dakotas and eastern Montana.
Locally, quiet weather prevails for Friday, but cloudy conditions will persist along with the chance for snow flurries.
Across the Corn Belt, patches of light snow accompany a gradual warming trend. During the recent cold outbreak, Midwestern winter wheat was protected by a shallow to moderately deep snow cover.
Across the Corn Belt, snow is falling in parts of the Great Lakes region, while rain stretches from southeastern Michigan into the lower Ohio Valley. In the southern and eastern Corn Belt, soft red winter wheat has lost much of its protective snow cover. Meanwhile, cold weather is returning to the upper Midwest.
On the Plains, mild, breezy weather prevails in advance of a pair of Pacific storms and an Arctic cold front. On the central and southern Plains, pastures and winter wheat are still in need of moisture to stabilize crop conditions.
During the next few days, a variety of weak disturbances will influence weather conditions across the U.S. Southeastern rainfall will end on Thursday, following by late-week snow showers from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast. Occasional precipitation will continue in the Northwest.
Across the Corn Belt, upper Midwestern livestock continue to endure a difficult winter that has featured cold weather, a persistently deep snow cover, and frequent storms.