Wide-ranging weather dominates the Heartland
January 17, 2020 By Greg Soulje Filed Under: Uncategorized
Across the Corn Belt, wintry precipitation is
overspreading the middle Mississippi Valley and the middle and lower Missouri
Valley. The remainder of the Midwest is experiencing cold weather and
thickening cloudiness as precipitation approaches from the south and west.
Lower Midwestern river levels remain substantially elevated; for example,
moderate flooding is occurring on the White River from Newberry, Indiana,
downstream to its confluence with the Wabash River.
On the Plains, a major winter storm is underway from
Kansas northward. Early Friday, snow is blanketing much of Nebraska, while
wintry precipitation—including sleet and freezing rain—is falling in Kansas.
Elsewhere, showers and thunderstorms are affecting the southern Plains, with
some wintry precipitation lingering across western sections of Oklahoma and
In the South, wintry precipitation (sleet and freezing
rain) is spreading across the Ozark Plateau. Elsewhere, scattered rain showers
are developing in advance of an approaching storm system. Due to earlier
downpours, moderate flooding is occurring in Mississippi along portions of the
Pearl and Big Black Rivers. The Mississippi River at Natchez, Mississippi,
continues to rise and is nearly 2 feet above flood stage, but remains more than
8 feet below last year’s highest crest.
In the West, snow is falling in parts of the
northern Rockies, while rain and snow showers dot the Intermountain region.
Some light precipitation also lingers in northern California and the Pacific
Northwest. In general, Northwestern snowpack has greatly improved in recent
weeks and is close to the mid-January average.
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