The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Potential ice storm threatens parts of the area

Across the Corn Belt, cold, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Sub-zero temperatures blanketed the upper Midwest early Friday, maintaining livestock stress. Meanwhile, some light freezing rain is overspreading southern sections of Missouri and Illinois, causing some travel disruptions.

Winter storm potential ahead this weekend

On the Plains, bitterly cold air is returning to Nebraska, Montana, and the Dakotas, preceded and accompanied by some light snow. Wednesday’s temperatures plunged below -20° in northern Montana, maintaining stress on livestock. In stark contrast, warm, windy weather prevails across the southern half of the Plains.

A roller coaster of weather, temperatures

On the Plains, snow is falling early Tuesday in the eastern Dakotas, while rain is occurring in southeastern Nebraska and parts of Kansas. Cold, breezy conditions are spreading across the northern Plains as snow departs, but unusually warm weather prevails across the southern half of the Plains. In addition, very dry conditions persist in a band stretching from eastern Colorado into Oklahoma.

A more active pattern ahead this week

On the Plains, increasing winds accompany a rapid warming trend. Frigid conditions linger, however, across Montana and the Dakotas, accompanied by some light snow. At the height of the weekend cold wave, much of the Plains’ winter wheat belt had a variable protective snow cover as temperatures dipped to 0° or below (on January 7) as far south as Oklahoma and the northern panhandle of Texas.

Very cold pattern to linger through the weekend

On the Plains, Thursday’s snowfall is helping to provide some insulation and protective cover—albeit shallow—for winter wheat as far south as the northern panhandle of Texas. Early Friday, patchy, light snow lingers on the southern Plains, while sub-zero temperatures were noted as far south as northern Kansas.

A stormy pattern out West

On the Plains, very cold weather prevails. However, sub-zero temperatures are limited to the northern half of the region, where a variable snow cover is providing winter wheat with some insulation. Currently, light but beneficial snow is falling across winter wheat areas of the central Plains, where drought is a concern.

Bitter cold covers parts of the Heartland

On the Plains, Wednesday morning’s low temperatures dipped to near 0° as far south as northwestern Kansas. Readings below -20° were reported in parts of North Dakota and Montana. A band of light snow is spreading across Nebraska and environs, providing winter wheat with some protection from the cold weather. Snow from earlier storms covers much of Montana and the Dakotas.

Much colder air on the move

On the Plains, lingering warmth is confined to the southern half of Texas. Elsewhere, windy, markedly colder weather prevails. Tuesday morning’s temperatures plunged below -20° in parts of Montana; however, most winter wheat-production areas that experienced sub-zero readings had a protective snow cover.

A change in weather for the early days of 2017

On the Plains, dry weather is exacerbating drought in southern portions of the region. In particular, winter wheat is poorly established from eastern Colorado into Kansas and Oklahoma, where moisture is sorely needed to stabilize a crop stressed by autumn dryness and recent temperature extremes.

Sharply colder days ahead for the Midwest

On the Plains, dry weather prevails. Overwintering wheat in drought-affected areas, primarily from eastern Colorado into Kansas and Oklahoma, remains in need of moisture to help stabilize a crop that has was stressed by dryness during the establishment period and more recently has been subjected to temperature extremes.