Heavy snow and ice storms in December have carved a path across the U.S. from the Southwest into the Northeast. According to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, several places such as St. Louis, Des Moines and Milwaukee have experienced near record moisture levels during the first two weeks of December, which has brought some positives and some negatives.
"While the moisture has been generally good for winter wheat and pastures," Rippey says, "It has been quite a hardship on humans and livestock."
And it's not over yet. Rippey says a developing system is set to bring more snow and ice.
"By the end of this week we'll see another significant storm entering the Southwest and then heading in that same general path northeastward into the Midwest and Northeast," Rippey says. "And getting a little bit further ahead into the week beyond Christmas there, it looks like another major system heading out, taking a very similar path and keeping that stormy track active pretty much until the end of the month."