Warmer, wetter days slated for much of the Heartland


Warmer, wetter days slated for much of the Heartland

Two disturbances—one over the Southeastern U.S. and the other approaching the Pacific Northwest—will generate pockets of unsettled weather. The Southern storm will cross the southern Atlantic Coast by mid-week; storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches or more (excluding Florida’s peninsula).

The Northern system will contribute to several days of unsettled weather from the Northwest to the nation’s mid-section, followed by a surge of chilly air. Some of the heaviest precipitation (1 to 2 inches or more) may fall from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies and upper Midwest. At higher elevations of the Northwest, precipitation will fall as snow.

Late in the week, some snow may also accumulate across the northern Plains and far upper Midwest. In contrast, dry weather will prevail through week’s end from southern California to the southern Rockies.

Toward week’s end, chilly air will engulf most areas west of the Mississippi Valley, possibly resulting in freezes by Saturday morning as far south as the northern panhandle of Texas.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures across the central and eastern U.S., while cooler-than-normal conditions will prevail in much of Montana and the Far West.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation will cover much of the country; drier-than-normal weather should be limited to Florida’s peninsula and most of New England.

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