Storms to bring drought relief, severe weather risk to central US through Monday
By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
September 24, 2017, 4:56:58 PM EDT
Share this article:
With the central United States in varying degrees of drought, a wet stretch of weather may compensate - or even overcompensate - for missed rainfall.
Following an abnormally cool August, some crops have been struggling to grow as harvest time approaches.
“The dry, warm weather of late has helped to speed up the maturity of corn, soybeans and other crops in the Midwest and Plains,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.
This warmth has also slowly led to drought conditions forming over most of the central Plains.
“The rain is coming at a perfect time for many crops, especially winter wheat,” said Nicholls.
Rounds of steady rain and soaking storms will stretch from West Texas to Minnesota through Monday.
“In areas of the northern High Plains that were not decimated by drought this summer, the rainfall may salvage some of the corn crop,” he said.
While the dry ground is expected to soak up much of the water, localized flash flooding will be a threat through the end of the weekend.
Low-lying and poor drainage areas, especially in more urban areas, are more prone to minor flooding in this type of weather pattern.
Maria brushes North Carolina with gusty winds, coastal flooding before heading out to sea Wednesday night
Local Interactive Radar
Expert tips for preventing mold growth or remediating mold in your home after a flood
Motorists should be careful to avoid flooded roadways and to obey all road closure signs.
While wet weather is expected to stick around through Monday, the heaviest storms will track out of the area as much cooler air sweeps in by the middle of the week. Portions of western and central Texas will then be at risk for heavy rainfall and flooding this week.
Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.
More Weather News
Weather News - November 20, 2018, 10:38:07 AM EST
Holiday plans are looking drastically different for many people who were heavily affected by hurricanes Florence and Michael.
Weather News - November 20, 2018, 9:36:55 AM EST
On the heels of deadly Tropical Storm Toraji, a budding tropical storm will bring a renewed risk of flooding and mudslides to Vietnam this weekend.
Weather News - November 20, 2018, 7:08:00 AM EST
One person is dead and dozens injured after a landslide derailed a commuter train traveling toward Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday.
Weather News - November 20, 2018, 5:50:47 AM EST
Beginning at midweek and continuing through Black Friday, a series of storm systems will bring sweeping changes to the recent weather pattern that has been locked in across California.
The busiest travel week of the year also falls during a volatile time for extreme weather.
Weather News - November 20, 2018, 9:32:18 AM EST
People that fled their homes to escape the Camp Fire are on the move again before a storm delivers drenching rain to California.
Weather News - November 19, 2018, 4:16:58 PM EST
For the third straight year, the American Farm Bureau Federation found the average cost of Thanksgiving dinner to have declined in total price from the previous year's holiday.
Weather News - November 20, 2018, 6:11:21 AM EST
The coldest air so far this season will sweep across northern Europe during the first half of this week, bringing the potential for snow to some communities.