MAP: Spring Outlook Points to Possible U.S. Planting Delays

Despite a much milder-than-usual winter so far, AccuWeather’s spring outlook is pointing to possible planting delays in some parts of the U.S.

Though Punxsutawney Phil recently declared the end of winter, AccuWeather meteorologists largely disagree and are calling for the current season to drag on across much of the U.S., possibly even beyond the official beginning of spring.

Released on Friday, the spring forecast suggests mild air will be slow to arrive in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley this year, as the chance for snow lingers into mid-spring. Temperatures are expected to start to climb in April, however, a few cold spells are possible in the Upper Midwest in May, preventing a rapid change to summer. Rain may also lead to planting delays in the eastern Ohio Valley, along with the Tennessee Valley and southeast.

“It looks to me like cold and snow combined could linger this year before we see a break by mid-spring,” AccuWeather Expert Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.

Meanwhile, the forecast said the lower Mississippi Valley and eastern central Plains will occasionally experience severe weather before the bulk of the storm activity spreads to the central and north-central Plains in April and May. The combination of snowmelt and wet weather may lead to muddy fields and planting delays across the Upper Midwest and northern Plains, especially in the Red River Valley, it added.

AccuWeather spring forecast​​​​​​​

Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.

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