National Weather Forecast
A system in the lower Mississippi Valley Thursday will continue to produce showers and storms from the Mississippi Valley to the Southeast, a few of which could be strong. Showers and some snow showers are possible from the Rockies to the upper Midwest. Some rain will fall in the Northeast with an area of low pressure near the coast.
Additional heavy rain through the end of the week of 3”+ will be possible across the Southern Plains and the northern Gulf Coast which could cause some isolated flooding. Overall snow amounts of a foot or more are possible in the Colorado Rockies.
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