A gradual pattern shift ahead for the Heartland

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A final push of bitterly cold air will arrive on the northern Plains by Tuesday and expand into the southern and eastern U.S. by week’s end. On March 5-6, sub-zero temperatures can be expected in the Midwest along and north of a line from Iowa to Ohio. In contrast, late-week warmth will overspread areas from… Read more »

Mid-Winter look & feel across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, cold conditions persist. Monday morning’s temperatures fell below 0°F in parts of the upper Midwest. Farther east, Ohio locations such as Mansfield, Youngstown, and Cleveland recently completed their coldest February on record. A deep snow cover exists across the eastern Corn Belt, where current snow depths include 10 inches in Indianapolis,… Read more »

Cold wave pattern covers much of the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, frigid conditions are maintaining stress on livestock, although most of the Midwestern winter wheat crop retains a protective snow cover. Friday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° as far south as the middle Mississippi Valley and fell below -20° in parts of the upper Midwest. On the Plains, cold weather persists. The… Read more »

Cold pattern to moderate somewhat

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Cold weather will prevail across most of the U.S., with daytime highs averaging more than 20° below normal east of the Rockies heading into the weekend. Over the weekend, rain and mountain snow will prevail across much of the west, though totals will remain light (less than 1 inch) in the Sierra Nevada, with somewhat… Read more »

An active pattern for much of the eastern, southern Corn Belt

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For the remainder of Tuesday, wintry precipitation will continue to cause travel disruptions from the southern Appalachians into the Carolinas. Another storm system—currently affecting the Southwest—will closely follow, resulting in mid-week snow, sleet, and freezing rain from central and northeastern Texas into the southern Mid-Atlantic States. Toward week’s end, widespread rain and snow showers will… Read more »

Frigid weather in the eastern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, frigid weather lingers east of the Mississippi River. Early Tuesday, some of the coldest weather stretched from central Illinois into Ohio, where low temperatures ranging from -15 to 0° were common. Meanwhile, windy conditions and snow showers are developing in the upper Great Lakes region. On the Plains, mild, breezy conditions… Read more »

Soil Temperatures in Illinois Normal So Far This Winter

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Soil temperatures across the state have been near normal on average so far this winter, according to the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois. Soil temperatures at 4 inches under sod averaged 38.6 degrees F across Illinois for the period of November 1 to February 15, normal for the time period. … Read more »

Cold wave dominates the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, overnight temperatures have again plunged below 0°F in many locations, stretching as far south as the Ohio Valley. Most of the Midwestern winter wheat crop remains protected beneath a blanket of snow, although coverage is thin and patchy in central portions of Illinois and Indiana. Low temperatures continue to stress livestock,… Read more »

More very cold weather ahead

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Following Friday morning’s freeze, cold weather will temporarily ease its grip on Florida and the remainder of the Southeast. However, a new surge of Arctic air will engulf the northern Plains and upper Midwest on Saturday, with frigid weather subsequently returning across much of the central and eastern U.S. Modestly cooler air will arrive in… Read more »

Cold wave builds across the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, widespread snow showers accompany an Arctic cold front crossing the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. In the front’s wake, dangerously cold, windy weather is maintaining or increasing stress on livestock. Wednesday morning’s temperatures across the upper Midwest generally ranged from -20 to 0°. On the Plains, bitterly cold… Read more »