For the remainder of Friday, a cold front will deliver a few rain showers from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast. During the weekend, a stronger cold front will cross the Plains and Midwest, trailed a markedly colder weather. Early next week, freezes can be expected as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle, while temperatures will fall to near 20° across the northern Corn Belt. As the cold air begins to arrive, precipitation will change to snow before ending on Sunday as far south as the central High Plains. From April 13-15, precipitation will also end as snow in portions of the Great Lakes States. Meanwhile, significant, late-season snow accumulations can be expected in parts of the northern and central Rockies. Storm-total precipitation could reach 1 to 2 inches in the Rockies and 1 to 3 inches or more across the eastern half of the U.S. In contrast, warm, dry weather will continue in California, while mostly dry, albeit cooler, conditions will persist on the southern High Plains.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across the eastern half of the U.S., except across southern Florida, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in the West. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the nation will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from the Ohio Valley into the lower Great Lakes region, and from southern California to the southern High Plains.