***Heavy Rain Event From The Deep South To The Ohio Valley***
***Spring-Like Conditions Along The East Coast***
***Bitterly Cold Conditions In The Western U.S.***
In The Precipitation Department, There Is One Main Feature That Is
Capturing Most Of The Attention. That Feature Is A Strong Cold
Front That Is Slowly Moving From West To East Across The Central
And Eventually Eastern Parts Of The Country. A Band Of Moderate
To Heavy Rainfall Is Expected To Materialize From Louisiana
Northward Into Ohio, Along With A Few Thunderstorms. Some
Locations May Receive On The Order Of 2 To 4 Inches Of Rain Within
This Zone As Deep Moisture From The Gulf Of Mexico Converges With
The Advancing Cold Air.
Ahead Of This Front Over The East Coast States, The Weather Will
Be More Reminiscent Of March And April Instead Of January. This
Will Especially Be The Case On Sunday As Many Locations East Of
The Appalachians Could See Highs In The 60s And 70s, Which Is At
Least 20 Degrees Above Average. The One Caveat To This Would Be
Any Onshore Flow From The Atlantic Ocean Or Its Tributaries, Which
Would Keep Temperatures Cooler.
We Definitely Have A Temperature Dichotomy Across The U.S. During
This Forecast Period With The East Being Quite Mild And The
Western States Being Bitterly Cold.
The Coldest Air Is Expected To Be Found Over The Inter-Mountain West, Where A Building Surface High Pressure Ridge Under A Deep Upper Level Trough Will Give The Region The Coldest Air Of The Season Thus Far.
High Temperatures In Many Of Those Areas Will Likely Struggle To Reach 20 Degrees For High Temperatures, And There Will Be Widespread Sub-Zero Overnight Lows For Saturday And Sunday Nights. The Bad News For Those People Who Don't Like Cold Temperatures Is That Any Moderation In These Frigid Conditions Is Forecast To Be Slow Heading Into Next Week, With Below-Normal Readings Continuing.
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