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'Clipper' weather to chill farm country

John Walter 01/17/2012 @ 9:04am

Large parts of farm country are slated for a shot of real winter weather this week, forecasters said on Tuesday. "Much colder temperatures" are returning to the Midwest, as well as more snow later in the week for the north central and eastern areas of the region, according to Kyle Tapley, EarthSat Weather.

The fast-moving storm in the central U.S. tonight and tomorrow is acting "like an Alberta Clipper" that will roll across the Dakotas, northern Iowa, southern Minnesota and into Wisconsin, said Freese-Notis Weather.

"This storm will bring strong southerly winds to the central midwest bringing warmer temperatures for tomorrow, but behind this storm a brief bone-chilling cold spell can be anticipated for a day or two," Freese-Notis reported on Agriculture.com. Temperatures in the parts of the upper Midwest will fall to near zero or subzero temperatures on Thursday.

"Early morning temperatures in North Dakota could be in the -20 F range with 10 below temperatures across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa and single digits in northern Illinois," the weather service said.

WHEAT WINTERKILL LIMITED

Cold temperatures in the plains have resulted in some "very spotty" winterkill, mainly in western Nebraska, Tapley said.

"The upturn in snow will help insulate the wheat, although temperatures should remain above winterkill levels," he said. "Dry weather across the Plains this week will allow moisture supplies to decline again, especially in central and southern areas."

In the Delta, disease threats are subsiding with drier conditions, he added.

"The very warm temperatures across all of the Plains, Midwest, and Delta next week will keep
winterkill threats low for the wheat," Tapley said.

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