Parts of the nation will receive signifcant amounts of either rain or snow over the next few days as a strong area of low pressure and trailing cold front moves across the eastern half of the nation.
Major Snow Storm
Heavy snow will fall from the central Plains into the Upper Midwest over the next few days with over a foot of snow in spots. Blizzard conditions are possible due to strong, gusty winds. The heaviest snow will occur over Iowa into Wisconsin where over a foot is forecast. Heavy snow is also possible across parts of Colorado, Kansas, and Nebraska. Winds will be gusting to 50 mph causing white out conditions.
Heavy Rain and Snow
Continuing the trend of the past month, heavy precipitation will continue from Northern California into Oregon and Washington. Over 5” of rain is possible, resulting in the possibility of flooding and debris flows. Snow will be heavy over higher elevations.
Widespread soaking rainfall will also occur over a broad portion of the Northeast U.S. Precipitation will mainly be in the form of rain, but could change over the snow as colder air filters in. Widespread one- to two-inch rainfall can be expected.
The second in a series of rain events will pass over the Southeast U.S. over the next 48-hours. With the exception of Mississippi and Alabama, most of this area is quite dry and the rain will be welcome. An average of an inch of rain will occur which will tend to recharge upper soil moisture.