Colder; a more active pattern for the Heartland
For the remainder of Friday into Saturday, drought-easing rain will overspread the Northeast.
During the next several days, cold air will cover the Plains and Midwest, while warmth will linger from California into the Southwest. Early next week, warm weather will return along the Gulf Coast and across the southern Atlantic States.
Meanwhile, dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days in the nation’s southwestern quadrant, from California to the central and southern High Plains. Following Friday’s showers, most of the Southeast will also experience dry weather.
Farther north, however, 5-day rainfall totals could exceed an inch from the Ozark Plateau into the Great Lakes States. The northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest will receive beneficial precipitation, including high-elevation snow.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook for calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures in the eastern U.S. and across the Deep South, while colder-than-normal conditions will prevail from the Pacific Northwest to the northern and central Plains and upper Midwest.
Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation in most areas west of the Rockies should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather from the Plains to the East Coast.