A somewhat quieter week is ahead across the United States, but of course it’s never quiet — Weather is always happening somewhere. The WeatherOptics team is here to keep you ahead of every storm, and we narrowed down the top four stories that will likely shape up the weather talking points this week, which includes: days of severe storms, heavy rain threat, Eastern warmup, and potential Northeast snow.

Days of Severe Storms:

Two new synoptic-scale storms, one at the storm and one at the end of the work week, will develop over the Southern Plains, and these two large-scale storms will fuel the development of mesoscale, or small-scale, severe storms at times this week from portions of the Southern Plains through the Gulf Coast much of this week. Some areas, especially in parts of Oklahoma and Texas, may even experience consecutive days of severe storms. Damaging winds, large hail, and tornadoes will all threaten areas that deal with these severe storms.

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Heavy Rain Threat:

Days and days of rain and storms combined with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico from the Southern Plains through the Tennessee Valley will fuel the threat for heavy rain and even flooding in areas that have already received enough rain this winter. A widespread three to five inches of rain is currently forecast with pockets of five to eight inches expected, taking place between Monday and Friday.

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Eastern Warmup:

Believe it or not, warmer weather is ahead at times for the East — at least this week. Temperatures may become as much as ten degrees above average at times as a ridge of high pressure builds in before another prolonged cold event takes place as we get into April. On Monday and Tuesday, cold air damming will keep the East Coast cooler than average. With this process, there is often a high pressure over the Northeast, and that draws colder air southward east of the Appalachians. That cold air can reach as far south as the Gulf Coast with these events. By midweek, however, that wedge will break and the warmth will move in through Friday before the cooler temperatures return while the West warms up.

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Potential Northeast Snow:

The same storm that will develop over the Southern Plains by the end of this week will quickly move toward the Northeast and strengthen. At this time, this will be an “inside-runner,” which means that the storm will track through the interior Northeast instead of becoming a coastal storm. With limited cold air, a rain event is likely but temperatures may be cold enough for portions of the interior Northeast, northern New England, and the eastern Great Lakes.

Stay tuned for details.



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Jackson is Head of Content at WeatherOptics and produces several forecasts and manages all social media platforms. Previously, Jackson forecasted local weather for southwestern Connecticut, founding his website, Jackson's Weather, in the March of 2015. He is currently studying Meteorology and Broadcast Journalism as the University of Miami.

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