April cattle closed 32 lower on the session yesterday, but up 90 points from the early lows. Concerns that consumer and restaurant demand for beef will decline this week due to storms were widely seen as the main negative factors for the market. In addition, some traders are additionally concerned with the continuing large premium of futures to the cash market. While market supply fundamentals appear for many traders to be supportive over the near future, some traders see the short-term demand fundamentals as uncertain. Cold weather could slow weight gains over the near-term, but the Plains look to be warming up over the next few days. However, forecasts call for another blast of cold Arctic air moving through the Plains into the middle of next week. More snow on Tuesday is expected to be followed by temperatures near zero in Dodge City Kansas before they recover back to the mid-40's by next weekend. Weekly U.S. beef export sales for the week ending January 27 came in at 14,800 tonnes, compared with the prior 4-week average of 10,050 tonnes. Cumulative sales for 2011 have reached 140,900 tonnes, up 27.1% from last year's pace. The estimated cattle slaughter came in at 124,000 head yesterday. This brings the total for the week so far to 481,000 head, down from 508,000 head last week at this time and down from 491,000 head a year ago. Boxed beef cutout values were down 68 cents at mid-session yesterday and closed 64 cents lower at $172.09. This was down from $173.10 the prior week and is the lowest beef market since January 19th. Average dressed steer weights for the week ending January 22 came in at 850 pounds, up from 849 pounds the previous week and up from 836 pounds last year. The 5-year average weekly weight for that week is 835 pounds.