Across the Corn Belt, cool, snowy weather lingers in upper Mississippi Valley, but drier conditions have returned to the Ohio Valley in the wake of Wednesday’s winter storm. Temperatures will remain below freezing throughout much of the Great Lakes Region for the foreseeable future, sustaining snow cover.
On the Plains, cold weather continues throughout the north, with daytime highs staying below 20° over a large area. Snow is falling, but accumulations are expected to be light on the central and northern High Plains. Cool, mostly dry weather prevails on the southern Plains, with daytime highs rising above freezing.
In the South, showers and thunderstorms are developing over the western Gulf States as warmer, drier weather dominates the Southeast.
In the West, unsettled weather continues, although precipitation has ended for the time being in California and the Sierra Nevada range. Snow showers will linger the next day or so throughout the Intermountain West.
During the next few days, a developing storm system will generate locally heavy rain and thunderstorms over much of the Southeast, before bringing another round of wintery weather to the Northeast by the weekend. Rainfall amounts of ½ to 1 inch are expected from eastern Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley to the southern Atlantic Coast, including much of northern Florida. Additional snow accumulations are expected in parts of the Midwest, mainly in the Great Lakes Region and Ohio Valley.
In contrast, cold, mostly dry weather is forecast for the Great Plains, with lows falling below 0° in northern sections of the region. In fact, sunny, albeit cold weather is expected over the weekend throughout much of the Nation’s Mid-section. Snow showers will also end for the time being in the Intermountain West, but precipitation will return to the Pacific Coast.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10- day outlook calls for above-normal precipitation across much of the South, extending from the Mexican border to the mid-Atlantic Coast, and in the Great Lakes Region. Drier conditions are expected from the Pacific Coast to the northern Plains, and in New England. Below-normal temperatures are forecast along the Atlantic Seaboard and in the Southwest from California to West Texas. Warmer conditions are expected on the northern Plains and in the upper Midwest.