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A mid-winter “look and feel” throughout the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, light snow has returned across the lower Great Lakes region and parts of the Dakotas.  The snow arrives as some livestock producers, especially along an axis stretching from the middle Missouri Valley to Michigan, are still dealing with challenges associated with last week’s back-to-back snowstorms and subsequent bitter cold.  Sub-zero (°F) temperatures persist early Thursday from the Red River Valley of the North into the upper Mississippi Valley.  

On the Plains, light snow is blanketing parts of Montana and the Dakotas.  Ironically, the northern High Plains’ snow is accumulating after weekend temperatures below -30°F threatened the portion of the winter wheat crop that did not have an insulating snow cover.  Farther south, frigid conditions are slowly eroding, with temperatures rebounding to above-normal levels across parts of western Texas. 

In the South, freezes were observed Thursday morning throughout Alabama and Georgia, as well as parts of northern Florida, while sparing Florida’s key winter agricultural regions.  Meanwhile, somewhat milder air is overspreading the mid-South and the western and central Gulf Coast States.  Wintry precipitation remains on the ground as far south as the northern Mississippi Delta, following the January 14-15 storm that delivered snow and sleet. 

In the West, a disturbance crossing northern sections of the Rockies and High Plains is producing generally light snow.  Some precipitation is also affecting the Pacific Northwest, with snow and freezing rain occurring at some inland locations.  Meanwhile, mild, dry weather covers California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest.   

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