A more active pattern ahead for the Heartland


A more active pattern ahead for the Heartland

A pair of storms will follow similar paths across the central and southern Plains and the Midwest, drawing cooler air across the nation’s mid-section and generating 5-day precipitation totals that could reach 1 to 2 inches or more from parts of Kansas and Oklahoma into the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region.

Similar totals may occur in the Northeast. In contrast, little or no precipitation will fall during the next 5 days west of the Rockies, except in the Pacific Northwest. Dry weather will also prevail into early next week in the Southeast, except for scattered showers along the southern Atlantic Coast.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or below-normal temperatures in the West, while warmer-than-normal weather will dominate areas from the Plains to the East Coast.

Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation from California to the Plains and upper Midwest should contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the Pacific Northwest and along and east of a line from coastal Texas to Lake Michigan.