National Weather Forecast

As we head into Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend, the main story will be an area of low pressure near the Southeast Atlantic Coast. While this area of low pressure has a low chance of becoming a tropical system, it will bring heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic, especially in some coastal areas. Otherwise, scattered showers and storms will be possible from the Northwest to the Plains, and in the Plains a few storms could be strong. Meanwhile, we’ll start the morning off with record-warm lows in the Mid-Atlantic/Southeast.

Through Sunday, the heaviest rain will fall in portions of the Mid-Atlantic (particularly North and South Carolina), where at least 3-6” of rain could fall. Some scattered reports of flooding will be possible. Portions of the Plains could also see 1-3” of rain through the first two days of the extended holiday weekend.

As we head into Sunday and Memorial Day Monday, most of the same areas (Mid-Atlantic, Northwest, and Plains) that see rain chances Saturday will continue to see at least scattered shower and storm chances.


With $200M for electric vehicles, Minnesota aims to boost ownership, charging infrastructure

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