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Date: 12/21/2018

Title: Stormy Christmas Week Weather

Over the past two weeks there has been a relatively mild weather pattern across a good part of the country. Since the big winter storm in the Southeast and Mid Atlantic states, a mild stretch of weather has developed coast to coast. However, big changes are coming next week that will impact holiday travel as well as livestock interests.

A large winter storm is likely going to take shape over the Rockies and High Plains by Christmas night and into the following Wednesday and Thursday. A rapid drop in temperatures, developing snow and wind will form around the storm system.

Stockgrowers in the following states should be prepared for what may be stressful winter weather conditions from late Tuesday to Friday of next week: Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

All the locations listed should expect a high probability of snow, wind, falling temperatures and likely stressful livestock conditions mid to late next week. In addition to stressful livestock weather conditions, negative impacts to holiday travel is likely, especially Interstate 70,  Interstate 76, Interstate 80, Interstate 25 and Interstate 90.