A largely tranquil pattern for much of the Heartland
In addition to the cold front currently crossing the Northwest, three disturbances will reach the northern Pacific Coast during the next 5 days. The barrage of storm systems will maintain unsettled, showery weather in the Northwest, especially from the Cascades westward.
In contrast, dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days in southern California and the Desert Southwest, as well as large sections of the northern and central Plains and the Midwest.
Meanwhile, the storm currently affecting the Southeast will depart by Friday night, followed by a similar weather system during the weekend and early next week.
The upcoming storm has the potential to produce snow in several areas, starting with southern sections of the Rockies and Plains during the weekend. By early next week, rain will overspread the Southeast, while snow may fall in the central and southern Appalachians and adjacent foothills.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Southeast.
Meanwhile, near- or below-normal precipitation across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather on the northern Plains.