Some areas should be on the lookout for a potentially major winter storm

The latest drought monitor shows that nearly every part of the country saw some precipitation over the last week, but it missed most areas from the Great Basin and central California, south through the southern Rockies.

While the west continues to battle dry conditions, some areas are on the verge of a potentially major winter storm.

The upper Midwest will be hit Thursday night with a system coming down from the Canadian prairies. It will then make its way into the mid-south and eventually the southeast by the weekend.

USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey explains what producers should expect.

According to Rippey, “In its formative stages, it looks like there will be a lot of wind and snow showers, and perhaps some travel disruptions from the Northern Plains into the mid-south. Beyond that point, less confidence in that there could be a significant winter storm developing in the southeast and along the Atlantic seaboard as we move into and through the holiday weekend.”