Winter storm is packing a punch for the start of calving season

A winter storm is impacting the Northern Plains and the upper Midwest.

It has been a fast-moving system, but it is packing a large punch. Farmers from Montana and Wyoming to the Dakotas and Minnesota are reporting blizzard-like conditions. In some areas, the high winds have created snow drifts several feet deep.

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says it creates challenges for livestock producers with calving and lambing season underway.

“Everything from trying to keep fresh, unfrozen water to livestock, just tending to these animals as they try to give birth in these extreme conditions.”

Rippey adds the moisture will be welcome as drought relief and insulation for winter grains. By tomorrow, the storm should be headed into New England.