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Normal Temps Return, Above-Average Precipitation Expected Next Week
Temperatures are dropping back down from the almost balmy weather felt on Monday in many states in the Midwest and Corn Belt, according to Freese-Notis meteorologist Dan Hicks.
“There will be a chance for some periodic white snow or flurries off and on throughout the rest of the week, but generally light precipitation through Saturday,” Hicks says.
When late Saturday and Sunday hit, precipitation chances go up. Depending on your location, rain, snow, and ice are all possible. The western part of the Corn Belt shouldn’t worry as much about snow, as it is less likely, according to Dale Mohler of Accuweather.
“Right now, there’s no sign of unusually cold weather,” says Hicks. If we’re talking about the coldest periods that will occur in the next two weeks, expect this Thursday and Friday and next Wednesday through Friday to be quite cold, Mohler says. Northern regions can expect daytime highs to be in the single digits and night temperatures to fall below 0. In southern parts of the Belt, temperatures will be in the 20s during the day and fall to single digits at night.
It’s no surprise that weather has been mild throughout January, but Hicks knows that the coldest temperatures have been hitting the northwest part of the Midwest. He thinks there’s reason to believe that trend will continue into February.
“The six- to 10-day time frame does look a bit more active,” says Hicks. “I would lean toward normal to above-normal precipitation in the Midwest.”
The Dakotas and Minnesota are in the zone of snowfall late Tuesday night into Wednesday. Iowa and Nebraska may see rain and snow during that time, while states farther south will likely just get rain, Mohler says. Hicks thinks the northern half of the Midwest is at a higher risk of getting significant snowfall.
As for temperatures, Hicks is thinking they will be normal to above normal throughout the Midwest.
Next weekend also may bring rain and snow across the Midwest and Corn Belt.
Although it’s early, Mohler is predicting that March will be more cold and stormy than normal, which he thinks may be a good thing.
“The positive thing would be to get some rain and snow through the Midwest as we get closer to the planting season,” he says. “There’s no widespread dryness heading into the planting season.”
By April, Mohler thinks temperatures will warm to where they normally are.
When it comes to precipitation, Hicks believes normal to above-normal rainfall will occur in spring for the areas that stretch between southern Nebraska all the way to central and lower Michigan. The only states that may see below-normal precipitation are Kansas and Oklahoma, he says.
According to Mohler, the Ohio Valley will experience normal to slightly above-normal temperatures this spring, while the western and northern parts of the Midwest may combat below-normal spring temperatures.