Weather Report: Arctic Blast Hits The Plains, Snow Expanding Across Corn Belt

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In the West, some rain and snow showers are moving ashore in northern and central California. Cold, dry weather lingers across the remainder of the West. In Arizona, the cotton harvest was 98% complete by January 9, on par with the 5-year average pace.

On the Plains, very cold weather prevails. This morning’s temperatures fell below -10 degrees F as far south as northwestern Kansas and dipped to 0 degrees F into extreme northern Texas. A shallow snow cover is helping to protect wheat on the central Plains, but fields are mostly bare on the southern Plains.

In the Corn Belt, widespread snow is expanding across central and eastern portions of the region, replenishing winter wheat’s protective cover. Cold, breezy weather prevails in the western Corn Belt, following Monday’s snowfall.

In the South, clean-up activities continue in the wake of the recent snow and ice storm, although major travel disruptions persist. Current snow depths include 7 inches in both Huntsville, Alabama, and Athens, Georgia. In some areas, lingering freezing drizzle is complicating recovery efforts.

Outlook: For today, a complex winter storm will continue to evolve from the middle Mississippi Valley into the Mid-Atlantic States. Later tonight and on Wednesday, atmospheric energy will translate into a coastal storm, resulting in very heavy snow along and near the northern Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, precipitation will spread inland across the northern half of the West. Between areas of storminess, very cold weather will dominate the nation’s mid-section. By late in the week, however, the coldest weather will shift from the Plains into the East. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for January 16-20 calls for near- to below-normal temperatures and near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the nation. Warmer-than-normal conditions will be confined to the Northeast and parts of the West, while drier-than-normal weather will be limited to the Northeast, southern Florida, and an area stretching from southern California to the south-central U.S.




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