National Weather Forecast

As a system moves through the central United States on Friday, storms and snow will be possible from the Great Lakes back into the lower Mississippi Valley and the Rockies. A few storms in the Southern Plains will likely be severe – more on that in a moment. We’ll also watch a system in the Pacific Northwest bring heavy rain and heavy mountain snow.

Looking at the severe side of the central United States storm, an Enhanced Risk (threat level 3 of 5) of severe weather is in place for Friday and Friday Night across portions of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Initial storms that form Friday afternoon will eventually form into a line and work eastward into the overnight hours. Tornadoes (some strong), damaging winds, and large hail will all be possible.

With the system in the central United States, we could see pockets of 3”+ of rain through the first half of the weekend. Meanwhile, with the system out west, heavy rain of over 3” will be possible in parts of the Pacific Northwest. It’ll also bring the potential of feet of snow to some of the mountain ranges.


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