Fri Dec 6, 2013 01:39 PM CST

Snow and ice covered the southeastern Midwest and Delta Friday afternoon, causing extensive transportation difficulties. Rain showers were also noted from the southern Delta northeast to the Tennessee Valley. Elsewhere, bitter cold and dry conditions, along with biting northwest winds, dominated the Plains, remainder of the Midwest, and Canadian Prairies. Values ranged from the -20s Fahrenheit in the southwestern Prairies to the low 80s in the central Gulf Coast and Southeast.

Very cold conditions will cover the Plains and Midwest during the next week. Plains wheat areas will likely avoid cold-weather damage. However, we will see some stress to livestock ...

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