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Date: 4/18/2016

Title: More Spring Storms Likely

The most recent storm system in the west brought more than just a little rain and snow, but a lot of both!
Foothill locations west of Denver reported over 4 feet of snow this past week with water equivalents of three to more than four inches of water. On the plains of eastern Colorado and many areas of Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota as much as three to over 5 inches of rain fell over the past weekend.
Winter wheat country saw some much needed rain and the storm also increased already adequate snowpack conditions in Colorado and Wyoming as well as some needed mountain snows in New Mexico.
The same storm system will also bring much needed precipitation to the Northern Plains.  Long range charts are suggesting that there will likely be more wet April weather coming during the second half of the month.
There will be heavy rainfall and thunderstorm activity in portions of the Southern Plains with heavy rains in central and east Texas as well as areas of the western Corn Belt and Lower Mississippi Valley. California will have an increasing chance for rains and Sierra snows by late this week and into the weekend. There are hints of at least two major storms that may impact California over the next two to three weeks, so folks in California should not assume El Nino is over.
There is also the chance for another slow moving spring storm that could bring more rain and snow into the Rockies and High Plains by early next week.
Ample soil moisture for hay production is likely going to be well timed in the central and western portions of the U.S. as we go through the remainder of April and into early May. Slow moving spring storms are typical in an El Nino pattern and this year has been no exception.
Although some warmer days and sunshine will be found at times, expect more wet and stormy weather for many areas of the nations in the coming weeks as spring may be slow to really get going for another three to four weeks.