Weather

Temps vary across the Heartland; a seasonal progression of systems continues

Across the Corn Belt, some cloudiness lingers, but any snow showers are confined to areas downwind of the Great Lakes.  Despite the recent passage of a cold front, temperatures remain at near- or above-normal levels.  In fact, Wednesday’s high temperatures will top 60°F as far north as the lower Missouri Valley.  Most of the Midwest is devoid of snow cover, unusual for mid-February but supportive of off-season farm activities, at least where mud is not interfering.   

On the Plains, light snow, accompanied by colder conditions, is falling across parts of Montana and South Dakota.  Meanwhile, areas from Nebraska southward are experiencing mild, dry weather.  Across portions of the southern Plains, winter grains are benefiting from a recent boost in topsoil moisture, courtesy of the melting of last weekend’s snowfall. 

In the South, pockets of lingering lowland flooding generally stretch from Mississippi to Georgia.  During the recent heavy rainfall event that ended on February 12, rainfall in Georgia totaled more than 7 inches in Columbus, along with 5.01 inches in Macon.  Currently, cool, dry weather covers the South, with light freezes noted Wednesday morning as far south as southern sections of Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi.

In the West, stormy weather is arriving in northern California and southwestern Oregon.  Most other areas of the western U.S. are experiencing cool, dry weather.  Some of the West’s most significant snowpack deficits exist across the northern tier of the region, including Washington, northern Idaho, western Montana, and northern and eastern Wyoming, with most basins reporting accumulations that are less than 75% of the mid-February average.   

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