Active, stormy and wet weather for the Heartland
During the next several days, an active storm track will result in widespread precipitation, especially in the mid-South and lower Midwest.
Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches or more from the southern Plains into the Ohio Valley, with severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and river flooding possible in some areas.
Locally significant precipitation will also fall, especially during the early- to mid-week period, from California into the Southwest. After mid-week, a late-season snow event should unfold from the central Rockies into the upper Great Lakes region, including large sections of Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail through week’s end across the Pacific Northwest and southern Florida.
Meanwhile, the chilly air in place across California will further expand across the West as the week progresses. Below-normal temperatures will also persist across the northern Plains. Late in the week, a new surge of cold air will engulf the Plains and upper Midwest, delivering freezes at least as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or below-normal temperatures nationwide, except for warmer-than-normal conditions from the western Gulf Coast region to the southern Atlantic Coast.
Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation should be limited to parts of Florida’s peninsula, as wetter-than-normal weather will dominate the country.