National Weather Forecast
The system plaguing the central United States with severe weather and blizzard conditions will move east on Thursday. With a frontal boundary stretched from the Northeast to lower Mississippi Valley, showers and thunderstorms can be expected with mixed precipitation in far northern New England. Some lingering snow showers or flurries will be possible in the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, a system near the northwestern U.S. coast will bring some rain and snow showers to the region.
Very heavy rain is expected through the end of the week from eastern Texas to the Ohio River Valley. 3-5” of rain could fall, which will have the potential to lead to some isolated flash flooding. Most of the snow fell in the Upper Midwest and New England on Wednesday.
For those looking forward to the Masters – it looks like a fairly wet (and eventually windy) forecast. Thursday does look mainly dry, with a chance of rain moving in overnight. Friday through Sunday has more than a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms, with the highest odds occurring Saturday. Saturday could also feature wind gusts to at least 30 mph. We’ll have to see if the wet weather across the tournament pushes the finish into early next week.
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