A rapidly intensifying and large scale storm is expected to develop across the Central U.S. by midweek featuring heavy snow, some icing, strong winds, locally heavy rainfall and severe thunderstorms. The Weather Channel named this storm Wesley. Winter storm watches have been posted from central Montana to southwest Minnesota and more are expected.
A rapidly intensifying major winter storm is expected to bring heavy snows through the Northern Rockies, heavy snows and blizzard conditions to portions of the Northern/Central Plains into the Upper Mississippi Valley Tuesday, April 9 through Thursday, April 11, 2019, NWS forecaster Oravec noted 19:29 UTC (15:29 EDT) April 8.
200 million people lie in the path of this storm, AccuWeather meteorologist Renee Duff said. “Temperatures can plummet upwards of 30 °F [17 °C] from Tuesday to Wednesday across the northern Plains, forcing residents to trade in short sleeves and sunglasses for winter gear and snow shovels in a hurry.”
This storm is expected to intensify rapidly late Tuesday into Wednesday. This will produce increasing winds across large regions from the Southwest, Great Basin and across much of the middle section of the nation from the Southern Plains to the Northern Plains.
These potentially high winds will produce life-threatening travel conditions with blizzard conditions possible over portions of the Central/Northern Plains into the Upper Mississippi Valley late Tuesday into Thursday.
To the south of the region of heavy snows, damaging winds likely from the Southwest, across portions of the Great Basin on Tuesday and into the Southern and Central Plains during Wednesday.
Sustained winds of 48 – 80 km/h (30 to 50 mph), with gusts over hurricane force possible across these regions.
The setup for this storm is a classic mix of April ingredients, TWC’s Jonathan Erdman said. “A powerhouse jet stream is expected to punch out of the West, triggering the development of strong surface low pressure over the Plains by Wednesday. Sufficient cold air will be in place to the north of that low for a swath of snow in parts of the Plains and Midwest.
This setup may sound familiar, as it has some rough similarities to last month’s Plain’s bomb cyclone, Erdman said.
We have never seen catastrophic flooding like this, and the NOAA is now telling us that there will be more major flooding until May and even July 2019
On Thursday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned that “historic, widespread flooding” would “continue through July”. More than 90 percent of the upper Midwest and Great Plains is currently covered by an average of 10.7 inches of snow, and all of that snow is starting to melt. That means that we are going to transition from one of the worst winters in modern history to a flood season that has already taken an apocalyptic turn for farmers all across America.
Of all the natural disasters that we have seen in recent years, this is the biggest, and U.S. food production is going to be dramatically affected because many farmers will not be able to grow crops at all in 2019.
Many of America’s farmers will bravely keep going after this disaster, but for many others a financial breaking point has arrived. Farm bankruptcies had already surged to the highest level since the last recession prior to all of this flooding, and now this crisis will end up driving many of them away from the profession for good.
In the end, it is going to be a while before we know the full extent of the damage to America’s farms and our food supply, but all of the experts agree that it will be unprecedented.