A cold pattern to return to the Heartland

Over the remainder of Friday, increasingly warm, dry weather will prevail across much of the nation. Daytime highs will average 10 to 20° above normal on the Plains, with this warmth gradually spreading east over the weekend. However, as the weekend approaches, a strong cold front will push south out of Canada, bringing sharply colder weather (20° or more below normal) to the Plains and western Corn Belt by Sunday. At the same time, a developing storm system in the Gulf will track northeast, producing a soaking rainfall from the eastern Gulf Coast into the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast; at this juncture, a winter storm does not seem likely due to a lack of cold air over the East. Dry weather is expected from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for drier-than-normal conditions from the central and southern Pacific Coast, eastward into the central Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys, while above-normal precipitation persists along the U.S.-Canadian border and develops across the Gulf Coast and Southeast. Colder-than-normal weather over the central and eastern U.S. will contrast with above-normal temperatures across much of the West.

NOAA’s 6- to 10- Day Outlook

NOAA’s 8- to 14- Day Outlook

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