Unseasonably chilly air to grip much of the Heartland


Unseasonably chilly air to grip much of the Heartland

A cold front currently crossing the Midwest and mid-South will push eastward, reaching the Atlantic Seaboard around mid-week.

Rainfall associated with the front could total 2 to 4 inches or more in the middle and northern Atlantic States. Drought relief may occur in New England, but areas farther south may experience flash flooding.

Later in the week, a secondary cold front will deliver some of the coldest air of the season across the Midwest.

By October 2-3, widespread freezes should occur from Nebraska and the Dakotas eastward into the Great Lakes region.

Elsewhere, dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days from the Pacific Coast to the Plains, although summer-like heat in the West will contrast with chilly conditions in most areas east of the Rockies.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook for calls for the likelihood of below-normal temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will dominate areas from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains.

Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal conditions in southern Florida should contrast with near or below-normal precipitation across the remainder of the country.