Cold across the Heartland; an active Winter pattern across the far southern U.S.
A slow-moving frontal boundary draped across the South will remain the focus for widespread precipitation into the weekend. Along the northwestern edge of the precipitation shield, periods of wintry precipitation (snow, sleet, and freezing rain) may cause travel disruptions.
Areas at particular risk for wintry weather include southern Texas (Thursday night into Friday) and the coastal Carolinas (Thursday night into early Saturday). Meanwhile, a few strong thunderstorms may occur across the lower Southeast, mainly on Friday in southern Florida.
Subsequently, a few days of mostly tranquil weather will prevail nearly nationwide, although frigid conditions will prevail from the upper Midwest into the Northeast.
Early next week, a new storm system should develop over the western Gulf Coast region, resulting in the likelihood of widespread precipitation across the South, East, and lower Midwest.
In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days in New England; from California into the Great Basin; and across the central and southern High Plains.