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Weather change has arrived

10/04/2012 @ 7:53am

The first notable snows of the season in the Nation's midsection have been found over North Dakota and into northwestern Minnesota from late yesterday and overnight. It is tough to get a lot of actual snowfall amounts this early in the day; most of what I have seen so far have been on the order of one to three inches but undoubtedly there have been bigger totals.

Melted precipitation amounts so far have been fairly impressive and easily the best seen in that area in a number of weeks; totals over a half inch are common and places like Minot had over an inch. Snow will continue to fall today and even into tomorrow for far northeastern North Dakota and far northern Minnesota, and with that in mind I would still expect some places in far northwestern Minnesota to end up with over a foot of snow.

Rains in the Corn Belt through Sunday will be most notable in southern areas, with places near the Ohio River likely to see over a half inch from late tonight through Sunday (maybe a few snowflakes in eastern areas on Sunday but no accumulations). Big cold is entering the northwestern Corn Belt this morning and it will overtake all of the region over the next couple days.

Basically all of the Midwest is under the threat of temperatures at or below 32 degrees on one (or more) mornings from Saturday to Monday. Longer term there are still indications of another round of nice rain headed into the hard-red winter wheat belt. That event's start date is still a week away so specifics are still to come, but right now it looks like the potential is there for another round of very nice rains for a lot of Oklahoma, Texas and southeastern Kansas.

That would further enhance winter wheat planting prospects for those areas (but may not really target northwestern Kansas and Nebraska, areas where wheat acreage is badly in need of rain).

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