Beneficial moisture ahead for the West, Heartland


Beneficial moisture ahead for the West, Heartland

A storm system sliding across the Southeast will spark rain during Friday from the central Gulf Coast into southern Georgia and northern Florida.

Meanwhile, a new Western storm will produce much-needed precipitation during the next couple of days in California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest.

That system will also traverse the South (early next week), with heavy rain possible in the Tennessee Valley and environs. In addition, wintry precipitation (snow, sleet, and freezing rain) may occur early next week from the central Plains to the mid-Atlantic.

Elsewhere, additional storminess will arrive along the West Coast during the first half of next week, with heavy precipitation in the Pacific Coast States likely leading to drought relief but possibly triggering flash flooding, especially in areas where last year’s wildfires left burn scars and destabilized hillsides.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of below-normal temperatures in the West and the middle and northern Atlantic States, while warmer-than-normal weather should cover much of the Plains, South, and upper Midwest.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across much of the country, including drought-stricken areas of the West, should contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across southern Florida, the High Plains, and the Northeast.

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