A largely dry pattern ahead for the Heartland


A largely dry pattern ahead for the Heartland

The focus for heavy precipitation will shift to the Northwest, where three Pacific storm systems—each a bit stronger than the previous one—will push ashore during the next 4 days.

Northwestern precipitation, which could locally total 5 to 10 inches or more from the Cascades westward, may result in flooding across western Washington. In contrast, little or no precipitation will fall during the next 5 days from California to the central and southern Plains. During the weekend and early next week, generally light precipitation may affect the South and East, while periods of snow may blanket the nation’s northern tier.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation across much of the western and central U.S., while cooler- and wetter-than-normal weather will cover much of the East.

Exceptions should include the Pacific Northwest (wetter than normal) and northern New England (warmer than normal).