National Weather Forecast
The system responsible for the heavy snow and blizzard conditions out toward the Front Range this weekend will continue to work east on Monday, bringing rain, snow, and ice chances from the Upper Midwest to around D.C. On the warm side of the system, showers and storms will be possible from Kansas to the Southeast. Another system out west will bring widespread chances of rain and snow.
A few areas of heavy rain will be possible across the nation heading through the middle of the week. One will be across the central United States on the warm side of the system hitting the region, with the potential of 1-3” of rain. 1-3” of rain will also be possible in the Deep South and in portions of southwestern Oregon and northwestern California. The heaviest snow will have fallen in portions of the Front Range where snow from the weekend into early in the week will be measured in feet. This system will also produce an area of 6”+ of snow in southeastern South Dakota, southern Minnesota, and northern Iowa. A foot or two of snow will be possible in the Sierra.
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