Major High Plains Snowstorm
A very strong storm system will bring high impacts to beef producers across the Central High Plains and Central Rockies this week as a very active and stormy March weather pattern continues.
It has already been a rough patch of bad weather that beef producers have had to endure over the past two months. Unfortunately, there will be another strong storm system this week that will have negative impacts on calving operations across the Rockies and adjacent High Plains.
The graphic below shows expected snowfall this week across the lower 48 states. Take note of the large swath for pink and light gray across portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, the Dakotas and Minnesota. Snowfall totals may exceed a foot or more in those states along with winds that could gust more than 50 mph causing blizzard conditions. This will be a dangerous storm for young, weak and newborn livestock. Temperatures are going to be far below normal for the end of the week and into the weekend on the backside of this storm.
Beef producers in Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, parts of Kansas the Dakotas and Minnesota should take precautions in advance of this storm. With a strengthening El Nino in the Pacific, we are likely going to have more strong winter-like storms as we go into the second half of March and into April.