A pattern shift?…drier days for parts of the Heartland?
During the next several days, below-normal temperatures will dominate the northern Plains and much of the West. Meanwhile, unusual warmth will become entrenched from the southern half of the Plains into the Southeast.
Frequent showers will accompany the sharp temperature contrast. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 3 inches or more from the middle Mississippi Valley into southern New England, the Ohio Valley, and the mid-Atlantic. Occasional precipitation will also affect the central Plains and much of the West. Snow may fall at times across the North, including the interior Northeast (again at mid-week) and the upper Midwest (toward week’s end).
Elsewhere, mostly dry weather will prevail across the Deep South, from Texas to Florida.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions in the Far West.
Meanwhile, near- or below-normal precipitation across much of the western and central U.S. should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Pacific Northwest and much of the South and East.