Wet weather continued, with rain in southern crop areas contrasting with additional snow in central and northern portions of the region.
Precipitation (liquid equivalent)
during the period totaled 15 to 50 mm, sustaining
adequate to abundant moisture reserves for spring
There were no concerns of winterkill due to a
moderation in temperatures, with most winter wheat
areas reporting nighttime lows above -20°C.
where bitter cold was reported (Central and Volga
Districts) a moderate to deep snowpack (10-60 cm)
remained in place.
However, snow cover has melted
from southern Ukraine into the North Caucasus District
in southern Russia, leaving southern crop areas exposed
to potential incursions of bitter cold.