National Weather Forecast

On Friday, we’ll be watching a system and frontal boundary from the Ohio Valley to the Southern Plains that will bring very heavy rain and the potential of severe weather to the region. Some mixed precipitation and icing will also be possible in the Great Lakes into portions of the Northeast. Meanwhile, a system in the western United States will continue to produce some rain and snow chances.

The heaviest snow will be in the Cascades through the first half of the weekend with 1-2 feet accumulating. Meanwhile, 3-5” of rain is expected from western Oklahoma to the Ohio Valley – especially on Friday – and this will cause flood concerns.

Numerous Flood Watches are in place across the central United States due to the expected rounds of heavy rain.

Meanwhile, a MODERATE Risk of severe weather (threat level 4 of 5) is in place across portions of Louisiana, Arkansas, and Mississippi Friday into Friday Night. All severe weather hazards – including strong tornadoes – will be possible from severe storms throughout the day into the overnight hours.


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