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Warm Weekend Ahead, Followed by Cold Temperatures
After warm temperatures brought early, fall-like weather throughout November, a cold front looks to make its way through next week bringing January-like temperatures.
The upcoming cold snap most likely won’t be breaking record lows, but will be an abrupt change from the mild weather much of the Midwest has been enjoying.
The weekend looks to be dry with warm weather into Monday, says Dale Mohler, meteorologist at Accuweather. However, showers developing in the northwest corner of the Corn Belt on Tuesday mark a major cooldown with a cold blast pushing its way down from the Article Circle. Farmers in the eastern part of the Belt will see this small system bringing .25 to .5 inches of light snow fall Tuesday evening.
“This cold front is going to set the tone for much of the rest of December,” says Mohler. “These temps aren’t going to be drastically cold, and there aren’t any big storm systems looking to make their way across the Midwest in the coming week.”
Cold Temps Throughout December
With cold temperatures into next week, the ground across the Plains will begin to freeze, says Mohler.
“What we’re watching out for is the winter wheat, which is very susceptible to winter kill if temperatures fall below freezing without snow cover,” says Mohler. “The temps next week won’t be affecting winter wheat. But the following week, the 11th through the 18th, without that snow cover we could start to see some cold air affecting that crop.”
The western part of the Wheat Belt into southern Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Texas panhandle has experienced little to no rainfall for the past six weeks. While this dry weather isn’t concerning Mohler yet, dry conditions are expected to continue in the Wheat Belt throughout the winter.
Mohler says the colder weather ahead will mean a better chance for a white Christmas, though there are no snowy patterns in the near future.