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An active, stormy pattern to build across the Heartland

For the remainder of Friday and Saturday, a significant winter storm will continue to unfold from the northern and central Plains into the Northeast. Storm-related livestock stress may be greatest across the upper Midwest—including the eastern Dakotas, western Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa—where Blizzard Warnings are in effect for Friday night and much of Saturday.

A broader area of the Plains, Midwest, and Northeast will experience a variety of weather hazards, including wintry precipitation and high winds, potentially leading to major travel disruptions and power outages.

In addition, storm-total precipitation in excess of an inch could aggravate flooding across the lower Midwest. In the storm’s wake, cold air will briefly engulf many areas east of the Rockies.

On the mornings of January 20 and 21, temperatures could plunge to 0° or below as far south as northern Missouri.

Elsewhere, periods of showery weather will continue during the next 5 days in the Northwest, while little or no precipitation should occur across the High Plains and the Southwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for near- or above-normal temperatures nationwide, with the Great Lakes region experiencing the greatest likelihood of warm conditions.

Meanwhile, below-normal precipitation in southern California and northern sections of New York and New England should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather across much of the remainder of the country.

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