In the latest outlook from the National Weather Service, USDA Midwest Climate Hub Director Dennis Todey says there’s no real surprises. La Nina will still be in place for the next month. “That’s a mixed situation for the Northern Plains. Going into spring, there are no strong indications of what La Nina means. Right now, the expectation is we’ll have to wait later on in the spring and it may be warmer than average in the spring. From a drought standpoint, that probably means there will be no major changes in drought.” Todey says there is no big snow cover. “Flooding looks to be less of an issue and drier soils may allow more field access and rangeland conditions are a wait-and-see.”
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