A period of relatively tranquil weather briefly resumes. Excluding the Atlantic Coast States, 5-day precipitation totals in excess of an inch will be limited to the central Gulf Coast region and areas from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. Dry conditions will persist in the nation’s southwestern quadrant. Meanwhile, a late-season cold outbreak will affect much of the nation, excluding California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest. Sub-zero temperatures can be expected during the next several days across the northern Plains and upper Midwest.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for below-normal temperatures across most of the country, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the Gulf Coast region and from California and Oregon eastward to the central Rockies.