Three sources provide predictions for the storm that’s moving through the center of the US this week. Heavy snow and blizzard conditions are anticipated in the North Central US, heavy rain and flooding may also occur in the Central Plains and South. Commodities will likely be affected.
Spring Storm to Hit Heartland
Greg Soulje of Brownfield Ag News reports that an intense spring storm will hit the center of the country later this week. The storm has emerged from the Southwest US, and is anticipated to pass through the Midwest on March 13-14. Blizzard conditions are expected from Northeastern Colorado through South Dakota.
Heavy rain will hit the central Plains and parts of the upper Midwest. Melting ice and snow will maximize runoff. Ice jams are possible. High winds are expected in the Southern Rockies and High Plains. Thunderstorms are anticipated in the South.
Poor March Weather Impacts Commodities
Anthony Greder of DTN, says their in-house weather forecast calls for major storms to hit the Midwest Tuesday and Wednesday. Snow will fall in the Northwest Midwest, and flooding is expected in the Southern and Eastern Midwest. Poor spring weather conditions mean little fieldwork will be accomplished in the month of March.
Heavy snow is predicted for Northeast Colorado and Western Nebraska. That will move into the Dakotas and Minnesota through Thursday. Heavy snow pack there could mean flooding upon melt.
In the Southern Plains, moderate to heavy rain will be beneficial to wheat crops that are just coming out of dormancy. Soil moisture levels will improve, but feedlots may become muddy and stress livestock.
Spring Storm Will Bring Heavy Snow
Peter Szekely of Successful Farming reports that up to two feet of snow could fall in portions of the Central Plains. Blizzard conditions in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota are expected. The National Weather Service (NWS) says wind gusts could exceed 70 mph, cause snow drifts, whiteout conditions, and power outages.
“We are advising to stay off the roads through the afternoon and evening,” Treste Huse, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Denver, said on Tuesday afternoon. “It will be a quick, but powerful storm… with the worst of it probably late morning or afternoon.”
NWS predicts that parts of Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota will see some rain on top of the snow they already have on the ground.
“We could have the potential for major river flooding, given the rain and the snow melt,” meteorologist Mark Chenard said in by telephone from the NWS Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.
By Thursday and storm will weaken as it moves toward the Tennessee River Valley, bringing mostly rain from Michigan down to the Gulf.