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Severe Weather to Slow Planting Progress This Week

Farmers will have to take a break from #plant18 as severe spring storms will be making their way across the Midwest and into the southern Plains this week.

Starting Wednesday morning, a frontal boundary of severe storms reaching from the western Great Lakes to southern Texas moving east will bring widespread severe weather including heavy rains, damaging wind gusts, and hail.

“Southern Nebraska, central Kansas, north-central Texas, and parts of Oklahoma will see heavy rainfall slowing planting progress the next few days,” says Rob Miller, senior Accuweather meteorologist. “The storm will continue to move across Iowa, southern Minnesota, Illinois, and into Indiana and Ohio.”

Rainfall totals will be widespread generally reaching ½ to 2 inches in the western part of the Midwest increasing as the system moves east. Southern and central Iowa could see up to 3 inches.

“Spring weather is an obvious time for favorable tornado patterns and we could see some pop up within this system,” says Miller. “These will need to be watched closely in Kansas, Iowa, and northern Oklahoma.”

A cold front will follow the severe weather with temperatures staying at normal to slightly below normal the rest of this week. The strong system will move out Friday providing a warmer, dry weekend favorable for farmers to get back in the field.

Next Week

“This weekend and early next week will be favorable for Midwest and Plains farmers to get a lot done,” says Miller. “Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and most areas across the Belt will see temps at or above normal into next week.”

A storm system will start Wednesday of next week into next weekend, bringing another round of rain and severe weather.

“The second storm system into next week will be much more quicker moving than the system moving across the week,” says Miller. “This system won’t be as severe or see as much rainfall with totals measuring ½ to 1 inch.”

Miller says the next couple of weeks will provide windows of opportunity for farmers to continue their progress and shouldn’t see any major rain delays.

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