More moisture for the S. Plains, Midwest Corn Belt


More moisture for the S. Plains, Midwest Corn Belt

Snow in the Great Lakes region will end later Wednesday.

A new storm system will develop on New Year’s Eve over the western Gulf Coast region, moving northeastward across the middle Mississippi Valley on New Year’s Day and the Great Lakes and Northeastern States by January 2.

The new storm will be responsible for another round of snow, starting later today over west-central Texas, with a stripe of new accumulations expected from the southern Plains into the Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, storm-total rainfall of 2 to 5 inches or more could cause flash flooding from eastern Texas into the lower Ohio Valley.

In the storm’s wake, the focus for heavy precipitation will shift to the Northwest, where a series of Pacific disturbances will move ashore. However, southern California and the Southwest will experience dry weather during the next 5 days.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in southern California and adjacent areas of the Southwest.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across most of the country should contrast with drier-than-normal weather along the Atlantic Seaboard. Notably, the outlook favors drought relief in the western U.S.