AccuWeather: Warmer, rainy, this weekend

accuweatherThe next major storm for the southern and eastern United States, currently forecast from Thursday, Dec. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 16, will bring rain and not snow or ice to many locations that were hit and others that were missed by the storm this past weekend.

Dry weather is in store for much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation until the latter part of the week in the South Central states and until the weekend in much of the Northeast.

While cold air was entrenched in the Southern and Eastern states at the start of this week, the flow of fresh, arctic air will be shut off this week and this coming weekend. The cold air in place will slowly moderate, while a flow of milder air from the Pacific becomes established as the week progresses.

Temperatures are forecast to trend to near or slightly above average over much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation by the end of this week.

On Friday, highs are forecast to range form the middle 30s F in Minneapolis and the middle 40s in Boston to around 50 in Oklahoma City and the middle 50s in Atlanta.

The moderating temperature trend is key for the primary form of precipitation that the next storm will bring.

“That next storm is likely to bring rain and drizzle from much of the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley and Tennessee Valley and in places in the Southeast that had heavy snow and ice from the last storm,” according to AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Max Vido.

The same storm is forecast to swing much farther to the north than the last with the possibility of some rain falling on parts of the Mississippi Valley and central Great Lakes region and the likelihood of rain for much of the Northeast.

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