[Maps] USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Tuesday - February 23, 2021

<font face="verdana">[Maps] USDA Agricultural Weather Highlights - Tuesday - February 23, 2021<br></font><br><div align="center"><img src="https://download.qtmarketcenter.com/jay/USDAWxFeb23.JPG"><br></div><font face="verdana"><br>-- In the West, patchy rain and snow showers are confined to the Pacific Northwest and the northern Rockies.&nbsp; Meanwhile, warm, dry weather stretches from California into the Southwest.&nbsp; Today's high temperatures will exceed 80 deg F in parts of the Southwest, where warmth could lead to premature melting of high-elevation snowpack.<br><br>-- On the Plains, windy weather lingers across Montana and the Dakotas, accompanied by snow showers.&nbsp; Farther south, mild weather has replaced the 2-week blast of Arctic air.&nbsp; Later today, high temperatures should range from 60 to 80 deg F across the southern half of the Plains.&nbsp; Across the southern Plains, rangeland and pastures conditions sharply declined during the February cold wave.&nbsp; On February 21, nearly two-thirds (66%) of the rangeland and pastures in Texas were rated very poor to poor, up from 50% last month.&nbsp; Oklahoma's very poor to poor rating increased from 24 to 59%.<br><br>-- In the Corn Belt, temperatures have rebounded to near- or above-normal levels.&nbsp; In fact, today's high temperatures could reach 65 deg F or higher in parts of the middle Mississippi Valley and should approach 40 deg F in the northern Corn Belt.&nbsp; Midwestern snow has begun to melt amid the mild conditions, though some areas retain a significant snow depth.<br><br>-- In the South, tranquil weather continues to promote storm- and freeze-recovery efforts, including infrastructural repairs such as broken water pipes.&nbsp; Today's high temperatures will range from 65 to 80 deg F throughout the region.&nbsp; Initial reporting for Texas from USDA/NASS indicates "fruit and vegetables in the Lower [Rio Grande] Valley were damaged...&nbsp; Early fruit trees froze in [south-central] Texas."<br><br></font><div><font face="verdana">Outlook:&nbsp; A disturbance crossing the nation's northern tier will generate some light snow through mid-week.&nbsp; Subsequently, a disorganized Southern storm system will produce generally light rain, starting on Thursday.&nbsp; Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches from northeastern Texas to the southern Appalachians.&nbsp; Elsewhere, showery weather will linger from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, but mostly dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days in California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest, as well as the central Plains and lower Southeast.&nbsp; Bitterly cold air, which has retreated, will remain north of the U.S.-Canadian border during the remainder of the week.&nbsp; The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for February 28 - March 4 calls for the likelihood of colder-than-normal conditions from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains, while near- or above-normal temperatures will prevail across the eastern half of the U.S.&nbsp; Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal weather from the central and southern Plains into the mid-South, Midwest, and Northeast should contrast with below-normal precipitation in Florida and from the Great Basin to the northern Plains.<br></font></div><div><br></div><div><font face="verdana">LJ</font><br><font face="verdana"></font></div>