Drier, milder days to return to the Heartland


Drier, milder days to return to the Heartland

A cold front — which temporarily stalled over the nation’s mid-section — will resume its eastward track during the remainder of Friday, triggering moderate to heavy showers and thunderstorms from the central and eastern Corn Belt into the Northeast. However, rain will diminish to the south, with light showers in the Mid-Atlantic region giving way to a dry frontal passage in the Southeast.

Behind the front, a broad expanse of high pressure will usher dry, chilly weather over the eastern U.S. for the weekend, while temperatures quickly rebound to above-normal levels across the Plains and Corn Belt.

Dry weather will prevail over the western U.S. before showers associated with a weak upper-air disturbance approach the central and northern California Coast on Sunday; this system is not expected to bring much drought-easing rain and snow to the region as it races eastward.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near-normal temperatures over the central U.S., while abnormal warmth will prevail out west and along the Atlantic Coast States; below-normal temperatures will be confined to the southern California Coast.

Near- or below-normal precipitation from the Rockies to the East Coast will contrast with above-normal rainfall west of the Rockies.