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Rainy weather for U.S. midsection, Wheat Belt shortchanged

12/29/2010 @ 11:37am

Considerable rain overnight in the Ozark Mountain region heralds the start of wet weather for the rest of this week for a lot of the Nation's midsection. Rain will spread into south-central parts of the Midwest today and there will be rain chances anywhere in the Corn Belt by tomorrow night.

 It will be mostly rain through Friday morning, but will start to go over to snow in the far northwest for late tomorrow and tomorrow night and that snow will work eastward for Friday/Friday night (and could be preceded by some ice during the morning hours on Friday in western Iowa through southeastern Minnesota).

 The storm system is going to be tracking a bit further east than initially though, so the worst of this storm in regards to snow accumulations looks to be over South Dakota, southeastern North Dakota, and western/northern Minnesota where 6-12 inches of snow will fall and high winds will be creating blizzard conditions there for especially tomorrow afternoon through a part of Friday night. Rains of 0.50-1.00" are forecast for the southeastern Corn Belt, and even heavier 1-2+ inch rains are forecast for the Delta for today through Friday night.

 Through it all, the drier areas of the hard-red winter wheat belt will be short-changed, with likely very little moisture at all falling for southern Kansas southward. It also looks like that same area (as well as the rest of the Plains and the Corn Belt) will be mostly dry for the 6-10 day period. Ahead of our storm system we are really going to be melting some snow in the Midwest, with a lot of the region seeing highs in the 40s (or even 50s for especially southeastern parts of the region) at one time or another through Friday

. Bitter cold will be moving into the western Corn Belt during the day on Friday though, and that will encompass all of the Midwest for the weekend (but should be warmer again next week).

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