The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, Wednesday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° as far south as Iowa and northern Illinois, with even colder air continuing to arrive on gusty, northwesterly winds. Midwestern winter wheat has some protective snow cover, except in southern sections of Illinois and Indiana and parts of Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, snow is gradually ending but lingers across the lower Midwest and downwind of the Great Lakes. Current snow depths include 6 inches in Peru, Indiana, and Des Moines, Iowa. In the snow’s wake, bitterly cold, breezy conditions are maintaining stress on livestock and causing rural travel disruptions.
Across the Corn Belt, an extensive snow cover is in place, except across the Ohio Valley. However, temperatures (mostly above 10°) in the Ohio Valley are not low enough to threaten unprotected soft red winter wheat. Elsewhere, sub-zero temperatures and breezy conditions are stressing livestock in the upper Midwest, while snow squalls are developing downwind of the Great Lakes.
Across the Corn Belt, frigid conditions are maintaining stress on livestock, particularly across the upper Midwest. Wednesday morning’s temperatures fell below -10° in much of the westernmost Corn Belt, accompanied by gusty winds. Across the lower Midwest, temperatures were not low enough to threaten winter wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, breezy, sharply colder conditions across the upper Midwest are increasing livestock stress. Temperatures fell below 0° in parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, and northern Wisconsin. Light snow accompanies the surge of frigid air, mainly across South Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.
Across the Corn Belt, a band of rain stretches from Michigan to southeastern Missouri, while some wet snow is falling farther west—primarily in Iowa and northwestern Missouri. An inch of new snow covers the ground Thursday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. Any late-season fieldwork remains on hold due to mild, muddy conditions.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry but rather cloudy weather prevails. Temperatures are rebounding to above-normal levels in the upper Midwest, but chilly conditions linger across the remainder of the Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, snow showers linger across the Great Lakes region, where final summer crop harvest efforts are again on hold. By December 14, Wisconsin’s corn harvest was 91% complete — although approximately one-fifth of the crop remained in the field in the north-central and northeastern part of the state.
Across the Corn Belt, rain showers stretch from near the Iowa-Minnesota-South Dakota triple point into the middle Mississippi Valley. Mild weather prevails in the eastern Corn Belt, in advance of the rain’s arrival, but wintry precipitation—including freezing rain—is developing across parts of the far upper Midwest.