The Weather Front On-Line
The cold winter continued, with rain and snow covering much of the state during the past month.
Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal. Precipitation was slightly below normal statewide, with the drier districts being across central Illinois. The cold and wet conditions have been not been beneficial to spring calving.
Linked below, a look at snowfall coverage and amounts across much of Illinois from the late-season Winter storm that struck on Sunday, March 24, 2013:
Mapping and Listing of Snowfall Amounts Across Central, Southern Illinois
Across the rest of the Corn Belt, cold, breezy conditio
Across the Corn Belt, unusually cold weather is maintaining stress on livestock. Once again, Friday morning’s temperatures fell below 0° in parts of the upper Midwest. Some light snow is developing in the far western Corn Belt, across the middle Missouri Valley.
On the Plains, cold weather prevails, except for lingering warmth across the southern half of Texas.
Across the Corn Belt, bitterly cold conditions are maintaining stress on livestock in the upper Midwest. Thursday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° in parts of Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas. Cold, breezy conditions cover the remainder of the Midwest, and snow showers linger downwind of the Great Lakes.
On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails.
Across the Corn Belt, precipitation has subsided across the upper Midwest, although windy weather continues to cause some blowing and drifting of snow. Snow showers persist, however, downwind of the Great Lakes. Cold, dry, breezy weather covers the remainder of the Midwest.
On the Plains, warmth lingers across the southern half of Texas, where planting is well underway.
Across the Corn Belt, snow is blanketing the upper Mississippi Valley, while rain is falling in the Ohio Valley. Areas in between are receiving patchy snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Spring has been slow to arrive in the Midwest; current snow depths include 8 inches in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and 5 inches in Madison, Wisconsin.
Across the Corn Belt, wintry precipitation (mostly snow and freezing rain) is spreading across the upper Midwest, including North Dakota and Minnesota. In stark contrast, warmth is arriving in the southwestern Corn Belt, including central and southern Missouri, where Friday’s high temperatures will range from 70 to 80°.
Across the Corn Belt, warmth lingers across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, accompanied by widespread rain showers. Colder weather is returning to the remainder of the Midwest. Some light snow is falling from Iowa into Wisconsin.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Much of the region remains covered by snow. Early Friday, snow depths include 13 inches in Rockford, Illinois; 11 inches in Minneapolis, Minnesota; and 4 inches in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
On the Plains, cold weather is confined to the northern tier of the region, where a deep snow cover exists.
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.