OMAHA (DTN) -- The impact from rain and snow in the central U.S., and light showers in south-central Brazil, are the key weather items for the commodity trade's attention Thursday.
SNOW AND RAIN IN MIDWEST
The DTN ag weather forecast calls for a powerful central U.S. storm system to bring snow and strong winds to the northwestern Midwest Thursday. Harvest will be disrupted, along with transportation. Moderate to heavy rain elsewhere in the region will also produce flood threats and keep soil moisture at saturated levels.
NORTHERN PLAINS BLIZZARD
Across the Northern Plains, blizzard conditions are in store for much of the region due to heavy snow, low temperatures and strong winds. This storm will be stressful to livestock and will disrupt transport and travel. Additional cold weather is expected during the middle of next week before temperatures moderate again late in the week.
SOUTHERN PLAINS SNOWSTORM
In the Southern Plains, strong winds and snow leading to blizzard conditions will develop in west and northwest areas Thursday, especially in western Kansas. These conditions will be stressful to livestock, along with affecting travel and transportation. Widespread moderate to heavy precipitation with this storm maintains abundant soil moisture in winter wheat areas. A new winter storm system in New Mexico Friday will need to be watched, as there is some risk for snow to reach into the western portion of the Texas Panhandle.
LIGHT SOUTH-CENTRAL BRAZIL RAIN
Across Brazil, the very dry areas of Mato Grosso do Sul, Parana, and west and south Sao Paulo may see a few afternoon showers during the next five days; however, rainfall will not be sufficient to stabilize crop prospects in these areas. Farther north, soil moisture in Rio Grande do Sul and in Mato Grosso should help maintain more favorable crop prospects, despite current drier and somewhat hotter weather. Recent rainfall has also eased dryness concerns in northeast Sao Paulo, along with western and southern Minas Gerais.
FAVORABLE ARGENTINA TREND
In Argentina, moderate to heavy rain is forecast for the major crop region over the next five-to-seven days. The heavy rain may lead to a new round of flood issues in northern and central areas.
LIMITED SOUTH AFRICA RAIN
South Africa crop areas saw high temperatures of 95 to 102 Fahrenheit Wednesday. Similar hot conditions are in store Thursday. A few thundershowers may occur Friday or during the weekend, with milder weather. The overall pattern is stressful to crops.
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