Across the Corn Belt, light precipitation (rain and snow) is falling in parts of the upper Mississippi Valley. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest.
On the Plains, a band of rain showers stretches from Montana into eastern portions of Kansas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, warmth across the drought-stricken central and southern High Plains contrasts with a lingering chill on the northern Plains.
In the South, warm weather in the western Gulf Coast region contrasts with cool, breezy conditions farther east. Mostly dry weather is promoting fieldwork, but rain is needed—especially west of the Delta—for pastures, winter grains, and emerging summer crops.
In the West, the snow-melt season is underway as warmth continues to build. Friday’s high temperatures will again approach or reach 100° in the deserts of southern California and southwestern Arizona.
For the remainder of Friday, a late-season snow storm will affect New England, where peak accumulations could reach 8 to 14 inches.
The next major storm to affect the U.S. will arrive in the Northwest on Saturday. The storm will cross the northern Plains on Sunday and reach the East Coast next Tuesday. Precipitation associated with the second storm may reach an inch across the nation’s northern tier and should generally range from 1 to 3 inches across the eastern one-third of the U.S. Much cooler air will trail the storm, putting an end to a brief period of record-setting weekend warmth on the central and southern High Plains.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- to above-normal precipitation nationwide, except for drier-than-normal conditions in southern Florida and portions of the south-central U.S. Meanwhile, above-normal temperatures in the nation’s southeastern quadrant will contrast with colder-than-normal weather across the northern High Plains, the West, and New England.