Another active weather week is ahead from rounds of showers in the East to rain in the Southwest to a potential winter storm to a spring feel across the East. We compiled a list of the top four weather stories the WeatherOptics team will be watching for you below.

Rounds of Showers:

Following a very wet weekend for most of the Eastern U.S. it will remain active for the next week. Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms will persist across portions of the Southeast for the first half of the week. Then during the latter half, rain will move into the Northeast as a new storm develops in the Central US. Most of this rain will be lighter compared to the weekend, but clouds and gloomy will be the main story, especially in the South.

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Much-Needed Rain for the Southwest:

It’s been very dry relative to average in the Southwest this winter. Many cities are reporting significant precipitation deficits since the start of the wet season on October 1st, but there is good news on the way starting mid-week and continuing through at least early-next week. A upper-level low will develop off the Southern California coast and will slowly drift inland midweek, allowing for days of potentially heavy rain from Southern California into Arizona. Then as a trough of low pressure dives southward into the Western U.S. around the weekend, a widespread rain and mountain snow may develop.

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Potential Winter Storm:

A slow-moving upper-level low diving down from the Northwest along with a cold front may lead to a widespread snow by the end of the week across portions of the Central U.S. and into the Great Lakes. This is a highly uncertain forecast, but the models are beginning to hone in on this threat for snow and freezing rain for this region. This winter storm risk is not appearing to be significant, but several inches of snow may fall for a large area of land Friday into Saturday. As of now, the best chance for any snow is in portions of the Southern Plains through the Mid-Mississippi Valley.

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Spring Coming Early:

A monster ridge of high pressure will build into the Eastern U.S. by the weekend, leading to above average temperatures. The long-range modeling is hinting that this ridge will persist into much of February, keeping it warm, especially across the Southeast U.S. where the ridge will be centered. Now there is some uncertainty by the end of the month whether this warmth will persist because there are conflicting factors that go into the long-range outlook, thus making it difficult to know whether it will stay warm or turn cold again.

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Jackson is Head of Content and Social Media at WeatherOptics. He is currently a student at the University of Miami, studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism. Dill produces forecast articles for the website and helps to manage the content schedule. He has also led the growth of WeatherOptics’ social media accounts, working to keep them aligned with the company’s evolving vision.

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