An active pattern to slowly resume on the Plains
A storm system crossing the Southeast will intensify during the weekend along the middle and northern Atlantic Coast.
Storm-total rainfall could reach 1 to 2 inches or more in the Atlantic Coast States from the Carolinas to Maine. Interior New England may receive significant weekend snow.
By early next week, tranquil weather will return (or continue) across most of the country, although unusual warmth across the Plains will contrast with chilly conditions in the Midwest and East.
Dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days across large sections of the Plains, Midwest, and West. Periods of light precipitation will occur, however, in the Pacific Northwest. In southern California, a prolonged “Santa Ana” wind event will maintain the threat of rapidly spreading and difficult-to-contain wildfires.
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 across Florida’s peninsula.
Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation in the East and West should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across the central one-third of the country, including the Plains, mid-South, and central and southern Rockies.