Milder; lower Midwestern, Southeastern rain next week


Milder; lower Midwestern, Southeastern rain next week

Precipitation has returned across the Pacific Northwest, with more widespread, but generally light, weekend precipitation throughout the western U.S. During the first half of next week, heavy rain will return across the interior Southeast. Five-day rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches or more from northeastern Texas into the Ohio Valley could lead to renewed flooding in areas where rivers are running unusually high and soils are already saturated.

Elsewhere, the cool weather currently affecting the eastern half of the U.S. will be replaced by mild conditions early next week, while a surge of cooler air will briefly overspread the West.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in Texas, western Washington, and the central and southern Rockies.

Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation in the East and along the Canadian border should contrast with drier-than-normal weather from the Pacific Coast to the central and southern Plains.

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