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Weekend weather example | WeatherBug

This weekend may not be the best to go outside as Mother Nature brings unseasonably cold weather to most of the US. Several places will also experience snow showers, drenching rain and thunderstorms.

Saturday

One cold front will move across the eastern US on Saturday, followed by a strengthening cold front. Showers will occur across New England into the afternoon or early afternoon in coastal areas of the Mid-Atlantic. Showers may linger along the New England coast in the afternoon, with another round of rain reaching the interior Northeast in the evening.

At the same time, another cold front is slowly moving south through most of the southern US. This front will bring snow or a rain/snow mix to the Colorado Front Range and far west-central High Plains through the afternoon or early afternoon. The central and southern Rockies will see snow or mixed showers for the rest of the day.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout the day for the rest of the Central/Southern Plains and the Lower Mississippi Valley. Rain and storms will also spread into the Deep South and Southeast during the afternoon and evening. A few showers associated with this front may also form in the Great Basin later in the day.

Slowly moving and repeated rounds of moderate to heavy rainfall will be possible across the south-central US. Five to ten centimeters of rain could fall here quickly, which could lead to isolated flooding. Remember, if you are approaching a flooded roadway, it is always best to say, “Turn around, don’t drown!”

A new weather system will move into the northwest at the beginning of the weekend. The chance of rain will increase during the afternoon and evening. There may also be some sleet or a mix of rain and snow for the highest peaks of the Cascades.

It will be dry in some places on Saturday thanks to high pressure. This includes California to the Desert Southwest and the Northern Rockies/Plains, the Upper Mississippi Valley, the Midwest and the Great Lakes.

Temperatures will climb into the 30s and 40s for the Rockies, Northern/Central Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. Although the highest elevations of the Rockies could not see highs until the 20s! Expect 50s and 60s for most of the Southern Plains, Mid-Mississippi Valley, Lower Midwest, Ohio Valley and Northeast. Similar temperatures will also be in the forecast for the Northwest and Great Basin.

The warmer 70s and 80s are likely to occur across California, extending into the Southwest, as well as southern Texas, the Lower Mississippi Valley and the Southeast. However, 90s will be common throughout Florida and even a few spots in south Texas.



Sunday

The cold front in the southern US will shift eastward on Sunday. The focus of showers and thunderstorms will move from the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley to the southeast. Like Saturday, there is a chance of slow-moving, repeating rounds of moderate to heavy rain. Precipitation amounts of 1 to 3 inches can lead to flood zones, especially in urban, low-lying and other more flood-prone areas.

A new cold front moving across southeastern Canada could cross the Northeast. A few rain showers are possible in northern New England in the evening.

The other area to watch would be in the West as Saturday’s storm system moves further inland. There are slight chances of showers in the Northwest, Northern Rockies and Northern Plains. However, it can be cold enough for some snow on the highest peaks.

High pressure will continue to promote dry weather in several areas. This includes California to the Four Corner states, as well as the Upper Mississippi Valley, the Midwest, the Great Lakes and the Mid-Atlantic.

The coldest spot in the US will be the Northwest and the Rockies, where temperatures will peak in the upper 20s, 30s and 40s. However, 50’s can be found at the lowest elevations. The 60s and 70s will occur across most of California into the Great Basin, and the 80s across the Desert Southwest.

Most of the Plains and Mississippi Valley will record 50s and 60s, but a few 70s are possible for far southern Texas and southern Louisiana. Shifting further east, the 30s and 40s will likely shift across Appalachia into northern New England. Otherwise, most areas are reporting in the 50s and 60s, including the Great Lakes, the Midwest, the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, the Mid-Atlantic, and the Deep South. Only the far southern areas of the Southeast and Florida will see the 70s, 80s and a few lower 90s.