USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (3/07): Midwest Sees Heavy Rain, Severe Weather

According to today's Weather and Crop Bulletin report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), western rain and snow showers became more scattered, although significant snow continued to accumulate in some areas. Notably, the average water equivalency of the Sierra Nevada snowpack surged past 45 inches, according to the California Department of Water Resources, on par with California’s two most recent wet winters in 2016-17 and 2018-19.

In addition, some southern California mountain communities remained isolated, following historic snow accumulations in late February and early March. Farther east, a pair of severe weather outbreaks—on February 26-27 and March 1-3, respectively—struck from the southern Plains into the mid-South and lower Midwest, causing wind damage and power outages. Combined, the outbreaks were responsible for as many as five dozen tornadoes.

The initial outbreak resulted in a major dust storm across the southern High Plains. With the second outbreak, Kentucky endured some of the most extensive damage, including widespread electrical disruptions. Heavy rain accompanied the severe weather, with weekly totals broadly topping 2 inches in the mid-South and lower Midwest.