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Much colder pattern ahead for the Corn Belt

A sprawling Pacific storm system will move inland across the western U.S. during the weekend. The heaviest precipitation will fall in northern and central California, where flooding may occur in valleys and coastal ranges. Weekend snowfall in the Sierra Nevada could reach 1 to 4 feet, with snow eventually spreading eastward across the northern and central Rockies. High winds will also accompany the Western storm.

During the first half of next week, a blast of cold air will engulf many areas east of the Rockies. Starting next Tuesday (December 10), sub-zero temperatures will engulf large sections of the northern Plains and upper Midwest.

Widespread precipitation will precede and accompany the surge of cold air, with snow expected across the North and rain likely in the South, East, and lower Midwest. Some of the heaviest rain, locally 1 to 2 inches or more, should fall early next week from the Mississippi Delta into the Northeast.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or below-normal temperatures in most areas east of the Rockies, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail across Florida’s peninsula and much of the West.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across most of the country should contrast with drier-than-normal conditions from California to the Four Corners region.

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