National Weather Forecast
The main story on Friday will be continued rain and snow showers in the Northwestern United States. Some scattered rain will also be possible in the Northern/Central Plains, portions of Florida, and parts of the Great Lakes. Some snow could mix in across far northern New England.
The heaviest rain through the first half of the weekend will fall in the Northwest, where rainfall amounts of over 3” will be possible. The highest amounts will be along the coast and at higher elevations as temperatures remain mostly warm enough for liquid precipitation.
With that system moving into the Northwest, we will watch the chance for several inches of snow from the Cascades to the Northern Rockies. Again, though, a good chunk of the precipitation in the Cascades will likely fall as rain.
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