The Weather Front On-Line
A winter storm is developing over the region, with heavy snow, sleet, and freezing rain in Central Illinois today. Precipitation is expected to be very intense at times, possibly accompanied by thunder before quickly ending late afternoon and early evening.
Across the Corn Belt, a band of snow is crossing the middle Mississippi Valley, trailed by another round of bitterly cold air. Sub-zero temperatures have returned Friday morning to the Red River Valley and the upper Mississippi Valley. Breezy conditions accompany the frigid weather, maintaining stress on livestock.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered snow showers stretch from Upper Michigan to eastern Nebraska. Elsewhere, cold, dry weather prevails. Virtually the entire region remains covered by snow; current depths include 24 inches in Traverse City, Michigan; 13 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; and 10 inches in Rockford, Illinois
On the Plains, cold weather prevails. Monday morning’s temperatures locally dipped below -20° in the Dakotas. However, winter wheat’s protective snow cover remains much improved from last month. Farther south, patches of light snow and freezing rain/drizzle dot the central and southern Plains, causing local travel disruptions.
Across the Corn Belt, a substantial snow cover is providing winter wheat with insulation, but cold, breezy conditions are making conditions difficult for winter-weary producers and livestock. Current snow depths include 25 inches in Traverse City, Michigan, and 10 inches in both Kansas City, Missouri, and Rockford, Illinois.
Across the Corn Belt, Wind Chill advisories remain in effect in many areas due to the combination of bitter cold and gusty winds. Midwestern winter wheat remains insulated by snow, but conditions are harsh for livestock. Subzero temperatures were noted Thursday morning as far south as the mid-Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys.
Across the Corn Belt, snow is overspreading the mid-Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys. Very cold conditions cover the remainder of the Midwest, maintaining stress on livestock. Tuesday morning’s temperatures dipped below 0° in much of the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, generally cold, dry conditions prevail. Early Friday, sub-zero temperatures were limited to the upper Midwest, where livestock have endured persistently cold conditions in December and January.
Across the Corn Belt, light precipitation—mostly snow—associated with a cold front is occurring across the upper Midwest. Cold, windy conditions are returning in the front’s wake, maintaining stress on upper Midwestern livestock. Snow covers the northern and eastern Corn Belt, but winter wheat is exposed to potential weather extremes in the middle Mississippi Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, very cold conditions persist, although winds have become calm in the middle Mississippi Valley and have diminished elsewhere. Tuesday morning’s temperatures fell below 0° in most areas north of a line from northern Missouri to southern Indiana.