Snow and Ice for the Southern Plains
For stock growers in the Southern Plains be ready for some ice and snow this week. A surge of cold air will work its way south out of Canada and along the east slopes of the Rockies and will clash with increasing moisture from the south to bring some mid winter ice and snow to many areas of the Southern Plains and Southern Rockies this week.
Areas of snow will develop in far southern and southeast Colorado and perhaps even far southwest Kansas by late Wednesday. Snow will then spread south into northeastern New Mexico and the Texas/Oklahoma panhandle areas by Thursday morning.
By Thursday morning snow and some freezing rain/drizzle will expand south and east into southeastern New Mexico and west Texas. By Friday morning ice and snow will extend further to the east across Texas and beef producers as far east as Dallas may experience a wintry mix of snow, sleet, ice and rain.
While the cold, ice and snow may be a concern for stock growers in the Southern Plains this week, the precipitation will be welcome. In the graphic below you can see that some computer models predict between 1 and 2 inches of precipitation across south-central and southeast Texas.
Light to moderate snow accumulations of (2 to 6 inches) are possible by Thursday night across eastern New Mexico and portions of west Texas including the panhandle. The threat for snow may even extend as far south as Big Bend country.