A swath of light to moderate snow was noted in the northern and western Midwest Wednesday afternoon. Dry conditions were in place elsewhere. Temperatures ranged from the upper 20s in southern Minnesota to the mid 80s in southern Texas. » More DTN Weather Commentary
The extended winter in the Northern Plains has caused a late start to the spring shipping season on the Upper Mississippi River versus last year's start in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 9. On Lake Superior, the first saltie will also be later than last year, which arrived in Duluth, Minnesota, on April 2.