National Weather Forecast
A system working eastward Friday will bring the chance of rain and snow to the Great Lakes south to the mid-Mississippi Valley and eastward to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Some icing will be possible in the Appalachians. It will also provide showers and storms to the Deep South, with a few strong storms possible. Rain and snow is expected with a trough of low pressure out west, and even some thunderstorms could occur.
Heavy rain will fall across the Southern Plains to the Tennessee and Ohio Valley across the next few days, with at least 1-4” of rain possible. Meanwhile, several feet of snow will fall out in the mountains of the Northwest.
Extending that rain forecast through early next week, at least 4-6” of rain could fall from the mid-South through the Tennessee Valley. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some flooding issues across the region.
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