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Date: 11/21/2016

Title: Coldest Air of the Season Right Around the Corner

The weather finally turned colder over many areas of the nation over the past week with cold and some snow breaking out across the Rockies, Northern Plains and Great Lakes and even some areas of the Northeast.  After a long streak of warmer and drier than normal conditions through the first half of November, the tables have turned.

While no severe cold is expected through Thanksgiving weekend, there will be a couple of fast moving systems that will bring some colder temperatures and rain/snow to portions of the northern half of the lower 48 states from the Pacific Northwest through New England. 

Beginning next week there will be shift southward in the jet stream which will allow much colder Canadian air to pour south into the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies then the cold will push south and east into the Plains, Corn Belt and Great Lakes by mid to late in the week.

Beef producers should be prepared for a transition to winter over a large portion of the USA by the last few days of November and into the first week of December. Temperatures will much colder and snow chances much higher, especially for the northern tier and central areas of the USA between 11/28 to at least 12/10. Stressful weather conditions for young and weak livestock will be likely through early December and perhaps for a large part of December.

One silver lining in the beginning of winter weather will be increased precipitation chances in many areas. 

The suffering snowpack conditions in the Rockies (and the ski slopes) will see a big improvement in coming weeks. There will also be increasing chances for badly needed rain in the fire and drought stricken areas of the Southeast by late next week and into early December.

Rain and Sierra Nevada snow will also be a good bet across the Pacific Northwest, south to the all of the California coast.

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