An active, stormy pattern ahead for the Heartland
An active storm track across the southern U.S. during the next 5 days could result in rainfall totals of 2 to 5 inches or more across the southern Plains and interior South. Locally severe thunderstorms will accompany the Southern rainfall.
Meanwhile, a rapidly evolving situation across the northern Plains and Northwest will include the arrival of sharply colder weather and the possibility of significant snowfall, starting Friday and lasting into the weekend. Accumulating snow may also fall later Friday in Nebraska and portions of neighboring states. Winter Storm Warnings have been issued across the nation’s northern tier from northeastern Washington to northern Montana, as well as parts of western and central Nebraska. The windy, snowy, cold weather could adversely affect livestock, especially calves and lambs.
In parts of Montana, sub-zero temperatures will arrive during the weekend and persist into early next week. Eventually, below-normal temperatures will engulf California and the Southwest.
Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will persist during the next 5 days along and near the Gulf Coast.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of below-normal temperatures along and northwest of a line from Texas to Michigan, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail across the South, East, and lower Midwest.
Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation across Florida’s peninsula and the Pacific Northwest should contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in all other areas of the country.