A big-range of temperatures on the Plains
On the Plains, warmer air continues to overspread the western areas, accompanied by gusty winds. Wednesday’s high temperatures should range from near 35° in the Red River Valley of the North to 80° or higher on the central High Plains. Kansas winter wheat is currently rated 23% very poor to poor, in large part due to drought.
Across the Corn Belt, very cold weather prevails. Downwind of the Great Lakes, windy conditions and snow showers persist. A variable Midwestern snow cover is providing winter grains with some insulation.
In the South, a Freeze Warning was in effect early Wednesday as far south as Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, where low temperatures are posing a significant threat to fruit crops that have already bloomed, as well as winter wheat, ornamentals, and recently emerged spring-sown crops such as corn and watermelons.
In the West, a continuation of warm, dry weather from California into the Southwest is promoting fieldwork but causing some reductions in mountain snowpack. From the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, mild weather, melting snow, and locally heavy showers are maintaining the threat of local flooding.
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