National Weather Forecast
On Thursday, a frontal boundary from the Great Lakes and Northeast to the Southern Plains will help bring both wintry and stormy weather to this swath of the nation. Rain and snow continue out west due to systems in place.
Several inches of snow are expected to fall in the mountains out west through the end of the week. Meanwhile, as we head toward the end of the week, another round of 3”+ of rain will be possible in the central portion of the nation.
The heaviest of that rain across the Ozarks to the Ohio Valley will be Friday to Friday Night, which is where we see a Moderate Risk of excessive rainfall that could lead to flash flooding. This is due to expected repeated storms that could lead to 3-5” of rain in a 24-hour period in an area that has had recent heavy rains.
Meanwhile, Friday also features the potential for severe weather in the Southern United States. An Enhanced Risk of severe weather (threat level 3 of 5) is already in place across portions of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi. All severe weather types (hail, wind, and tornadoes) will be possible.
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