Storm Could Bring 4 Inches Of Liquid To Already Saturated Fields


By Anna-Lisa Laca, Farm Journal's Milk, Online and Business Editor

via AgWeb - Apr 10, 2019


Farmers in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota are bracing for yet another monster storm. This time, meteorologists expect up to 4 inches of moisture in various forms to pummel already saturated fields, many of which are in flooded regions.


“I have some customers out in South Dakota who are reporting almost a foot of snow already,” Ed Vallee of Empire Weather told AgriTalk host Chip Flory. “They’re asking when is this thing going to wind down? Unfortunately, this thing is just developing down on the plains of Colorado, and it's going to be moving eastward and ramping up.”


According to Vallee, this first band of storms currently moving into Northeastern Iowa has produced more precipitation than meteorologists expected.


“It's one of those situations where as it starts developing, we do our best to kind of tweak and make the forecast as good as it can be, but I think later tonight and especially late tonight and into Thursday morning we're going to be dealing with some pretty heavy snowfall in the same areas that got hit with the [last round of flooding].”


The storm won’t only produce snow, Vallee said it’s a dynamic storm and depending on location will likely produce different precipitation types ranging from wet snow, to dry snow and even rain. Severe weather is also a possibility.


“Anytime you get a storm this time of the year, you're going to be dealing with a lot of different temperature variations over short distances. That's kind of what fuels the storms to strengthen and ultimately provide a lot of threatening hazards,” he said. “I think as we continue to move on here the snow was very wet, dense especially during the day. But as we get into the nighttime hours, we're going to feed in a little bit more cold air coming in from the north and that may actually allow the snow to dry out a little bit across South Dakota and portions of western Nebraska.”


This storm is likely to cause additional flooding...


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