Wet pattern to yield to drier, mild days for the Heartland

Mild, showery weather will prevail during the next few days across much of the central and eastern U.S., followed by the return of below-normal temperatures late in the weekend and early next week.

Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches or more from the western Gulf Coast region into the southern and eastern Corn Belt, lower Great Lakes region, and Northeast.

Meanwhile, a disturbance near the southern tip of Florida will drift northeastward and may become a subtropical storm north of the Bahamas. Immediate U.S. impacts should be limited to rain in southern Florida and possible gusty winds and heavy surf along the southern Atlantic Coast.

Farther west, a winter-like Pacific storm system should arrive during the weekend across the Northwest, accompanied by cool, wet, breezy weather. In contrast, dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days from southern California to the southern Rockies.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of near- or above-normal temperatures throughout the central and eastern U.S., while cooler-than-normal conditions will cover the Far West.

Meanwhile, near- or above-normal precipitation across much of the western and central U.S. should contrast with drier-than-normal weather in the Four Corners region and from the middle Mississippi Valley and the mid-South to the Atlantic Seaboard.

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