Beef producers out west will have some cold and snowy weather over the Thanksgiving week and into the following weekend. A big plunge of cold air moving south out of the Arctic will bring increasing chances for snow, rain and very cold temperatures to many areas. Even some areas of the west coast not normally used to receiving snow in November will have a chance to see the white stuff this week.
As a large dome of cold air moves south along the west coast this week, snow levels may drop to very low elevations across Washington, Oregon and even some low elevations of Northern California. Freezing temperatures will be possible in the central valley of California and even places such as Las Vegas could be looking at freezing temperatures.
Beef producers across the Rockies and adjacent High Plains should be ready for sharply colder temperatures and wind chills along with a good chance for widespread snows. Some rough weather is ahead this week for the Pacific Northwest, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. Later in the week and over the weekend, portions of Arizona and New Mexico may experience freezing temperatures and some snow/ice in many areas.
Hazardous holiday travel weather will be found this week across all of the west and Rockies and adjacent High Plains with significant rain chances spreading into the central states and south. Cold air will spread eastward into the Midwest by Monday and Tuesday of next week along with pretty good chances for snow again for places like Chicago and Detroit early next week.
A transition to a more winter like pattern will develop coast to coast this week and next. Beef producers should be prepared for more bouts of winter weather conditions in the days and weeks to come.