Warmer weather returned, accompanied by widespread rain and snow in western and northern portions of the region.
After recent cold weather ushered winter wheat into
dormancy in all but southern-most growing areas, a strong
southerly flow caused daytime highs to jump into the teens
(degrees C) from central Ukraine into southern Russia, with
lower to middle 20s observed closer to the Black Sea Coast.
The anomalous warmth (up to 8°C above normal) melted
much of the region’s snow cover and reduced winter crop
Moderate to heavy rain and wet snow (10-
65 mm liquid equivalent) accompanied the warm air’s
arrival from Ukraine and Belarus into central and northern
Russia, maintaining abundant to excessive moisture
supplies for dormant winter crops.
At week’s end, the
wildly fluctuating temperatures continued, as sharply colder
air along with locally heavy snow and ice returned to
western and northern portions of the region.