Tranquil, early-December pattern for the Corn Belt


Tranquil, early-December pattern for the Corn Belt

Lingering Northeastern snow showers will end later Wednesday. Subsequently, the focus for stormy weather will shift to the nation’s mid-section. Accumulating snow will develop Wednesday across portions of the southern Plains, mainly in southern Kansas, northern Oklahoma, and the northern panhandle of Texas. Snowfall could total 6 inches or more in northwestern Oklahoma and environs.

Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms will develop in the western Gulf Coast region and spread eastward, reaching the Southeast by Friday. By week’s end, heavy rain (1 to 2 inches or more) may spread northward along the Atlantic Coast. During the weekend, there is the potential for heavy, wet snow in the central Appalachians and interior Northeast. Most of the remainder of the country, including the West, northern Plains, and upper Midwest, will remain dry during the next 5 days.

In southern California, a sustained period of offshore winds will maintain the wildfire threat.

Chilly conditions will persist across the Midwest and East, but temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels across the Plains.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures across the country, except for colder-than-normal conditions in the Southeastern and middle Atlantic States.

Meanwhile, near- or below-normal precipitation nearly nationwide should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across portions of the northern Plains.