US Weather: Jingle Bells

I guess if you've had beneficial weather for this long you have to be expecting a kick in the teeth sometime.

Wet weather begins in earnest Thursday from Wisconsin to Texas. Heaviest rains will fall in Missouri and Illinois with 3-4 inch totals, says Allan Motew of QT Weather.

Snow and cold also arrives in two waves, the first from South Dakota to Kansas Thursday then a larger area in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota and NW Iowa, Saturday. Snow and a cold rain are also possible in Illinois Sunday, and Michigan, Indiana and Ohio Monday, says Allen.

One to two inch snows start tonight in South Dakota, with falls of up to five inches in the Black Hills, before snow pushes on to reach Nebraska, NW Kansas and even E Colorado too, with anything from a trace to three inches possible, he adds.

Additionally, elsewhere there will be halted harvest progress for many farmers as rains leave flooded fields from Oklahoma to Ohio, Thursday and Friday. After that a second round of snow falls Friday and Saturday this time reaching eastward into Minnesota, E Nebraska, W Iowa and NE Kansas. NE North Dakota can expect greater than 6 inches he says.

Following on from that lot, the next system arrives late next week (Friday/Saturday) across all ready soggy Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, he concludes.