National Weather Forecast
Several areas of low pressure will be in place Sunday from the western to the central United States, bringing the potential of showers, thunderstorms, and snowfall. A few storms could be strong across Oklahoma, mainly capable of large hail. We’ll also track some mixed precipitation or snow across New England due to a cold front moving in.
Pockets of heavy rain are expected across the nation through Monday, including out west (where the heaviest will fall in the mountains as mainly snow) and in the central U.S. (where 1-2”+ are possible).
Several inches of snow is expected to fall in the mountains out west through Monday, with some of the Sierra and Cascades potentially picking up a foot or more.
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