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.
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. Although dry weather prevails, Tuesday’s low temperatures generally ranged from 0 to -20 degrees in the upper Midwest.
On the Plains, moderate to severe drought persists from western Nebraska into central Oklahoma. In addition, large temperature swings are increasing stress on poorly established winter grains.
A disturbance will shift southeastward Thursday morning bringing with it a wintry range of precipitation. Snow totals of 2 to 3 inches can be expected along and north of Interstate 74, with locally higher amounts. Farther south, ice accumulations of less than a quarter of an inch can be expected; certainly enough to affect the drive into work or school.
On the Plains, chilly conditions linger across eastern areas. In contrast, mild, breezy weather is developing on the High Plains. On the central and southern Plains, the poorly established portion of the winter wheat crop continues to be subjected to unfavorably dry weather and sharp temperature fluctuations.