National Weather Forecast

On Friday, a frontal boundary across the Southeast will be the focus of some heavier rain. An area of low pressure in the Northeast will bring the threat of severe weather across the region. Storms are also expected in the Northern Plains due to a low-pressure area. A cold front moving into the Pacific Northwest will produce some rain chances. Meanwhile, monsoonal storm chances continue in the Southwest.

Some of the heaviest rain through the first half of the weekend will be in the Southeast, where portions of Florida and other coastal areas could see at least 3” of rainfall.


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