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Winter Storms: Who’s Up Next?


December and January has brought some winter weather that farmers will remember for years to come. First came winter storm Goliath, which roared through the Southwest, killing at least 50,000 beef and dairy cattle in the process. Not long after was winter storm Jonas, which grabbed headlines for burying Washington, D.C. and New York City, but also wreaked havoc on farms across Appalachia and the Mid Atlantic.

Now, farmers and others are asking – is more inclement weather on the way? AgDay meteorologist Mike Hoffman says you won’t have to wait too long to find out.

“We’ll see some pretty impressive troughs develop next week, and that will not only bring some cold air in, but it will also probably put down some pretty good snows in places,” he says.

The storm could hit the Plains by Tuesday, Feb. 2, with areas that include Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Michigan beset with snow and wind. The Mid-South and eastern Corn Belt will also see rain and severe thunderstorms possible during this time.

“We’re looking at potential blizzard conditions coming into the picture,” according to Domenica Davis, meteorologist with The Weather Channel.

Davis says that potential threats across the country include:

  • High winds, rain and snow in California
  • Up to 3 feet of snow in the Sierra Mountains
  • Heavy blowing snow in the Rockies and Central Plains
  • Severe thunderstorm threat across the Gulf Coast and Mississippi Valley

This storm probably won’t hold a candle to the infamous Groundhog’s Day storm five years ago, which slammed Chicago with a record 21.2 inches of snow from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2 in 2011. Still, don’t be surprised if significant snowfall occurs, especially in the Plains, meteorologists warn.

Source: Ben Potter, AgWeb.com

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