Temps to vary; an active pattern across the Heartland


Temps to vary; an active pattern across the Heartland

A disturbance crossing the nation’s northern tier will generate some light snow through mid-week.

Subsequently, a disorganized Southern storm system will produce generally light rain, starting on Thursday.

Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches from northeastern Texas to the southern Appalachians. Elsewhere, showery weather will linger from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies, but mostly dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days in California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest, as well as the central Plains and lower Southeast.

Bitterly cold air, which has retreated, will remain north of the U.S.-Canadian border during the remainder of the week.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of colder-than-normal conditions from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains, while near- or above-normal temperatures will prevail across the eastern half of the U.S.

Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal weather from the central and southern Plains into the mid-South, Midwest, and Northeast should contrast with below-normal precipitation in Florida and from the Great Basin to the northern Plains.