Milder days ahead for much of the Heartland
A storm system currently crossing the Southeast will produce wintry precipitation during Wednesday from the Appalachians into southern New England. Coastal areas of the middle and southern Atlantic States will receive mostly rain.
Along the northern Atlantic Coast, snow will linger into Thursday. Meanwhile, disorganized storminess will punch inland Wednesday night and Thursday across the West, delivering beneficial precipitation as far south as central California and the Great Basin.
Late in the week, dry weather will return across California and the Great Basin, while significant precipitation will continue in the Northwest.
Five-day precipitations totals will reach 5 to 10 inches or more in parts of the Pacific Northwest, from the Cascades westward. In contrast, little or no precipitation will fall during the next 5 days in southern California, the Desert Southwest, and the Plains.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of warmer-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near-normal temperatures across the lower Southeast.
Meanwhile, wetter-than-normal conditions in the East and portions of the Great Lakes region should contrast with near- or below-normal precipitation across the remainder of the country.