Snow Isn’t Done Yet, Extensive Storms Bigger Concern


By Austin Anderson, Successful Farming - 4/5/2019


It’s April, but the snow isn’t done yet. Parts of the northwest Corn Belt are likely to see 3 to 6 inches of snow next week.


“It’s not something that is really common, but it does happen,” senior AccuWeather meteorologist Dale Mohler says. “I’d say it is maybe a once in every five- or 10-year event.”


The mild April temperatures will melt the snow within a few days, which could cause some minor flooding across the Midwest in the middle of next week, Mohler says.


Aside from the areas that will get hit with snow like northeast Nebraska, southeast South Dakota, and southern Minnesota, the southern areas are set to receive rainfall between .5 and 1.5 inches.


“The most important thing when the ground is saturated is how much liquid is coming with these storms?” Mohler says. “We’ve got a situation where things really haven’t dried out that much since the flooding. Any rain of any significance is going to cause runoff problems.”


The snow and colder weather that will come in the middle of next week shouldn’t be too problematic for warming up the topsoil before planting begins. Mohler says several days of sunshine should get the soil temperatures back to where they normally are for this time of year. He expects those days of sunshine to arrive by next weekend, allowing soil temperatures to be back to normal by the 13th or 14th of this month.