National Weather Forecast
Messy weather is expected across the nation on Thursday as we watch the next system dig across the western United States and eject into the Plains by Thursday Night. Severe storms are possible in the lower Mississippi Valley.
The heaviest rain through Friday is expected in the mid-Mississippi Valley and Ohio Valley, where upwards of 3” will be possible.
Heavy snow continues to slam the western U.S. mountains through the end of the week, with several feet possible – especially in the Cascades. As a system moves into the central U.S. to end the week, a band of heavy snow is expected from northern Kansas to the Great Lakes, where at least 6-12” could fall.
On Friday, we’re also tracking the potential for another round of severe weather containing high winds and strong tornadoes across the Southeastern United States, with an Enhanced Risk (threat level 3/5) in place.
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