Posted December 28, 2017 7:51 p.m. EST
Much of the Eastern and Southern states will remain quite cold on Friday as even colder air begins to move into the northern Plains from the Arctic. An Alberta clipper storm is projected to bring some snow to the central and eastern Great Lakes, as well as parts of the central Appalachians. Snowfall will generally total less than a few inches. Meanwhile, a band of steady snow will extend from the northern Cascades and Rockies to the central Plains. Up to a few feet of snow will fall on the northern Rockies, with amounts tapering to a few inches over the central states.
In the Deep South, moisture will linger over the Gulf of Mexico and along the southern Atlantic Coast. This rain may cause spotty ice over parts of the southern Plains and lower Mississippi Valley this weekend.
The Southwest will see dry air and sunshine on Friday, where a long string of dry days will continue. The same storms bringing snow to the northern Rockies will cause snow and ice to develop in central and eastern Washington as well as northeastern Oregon. More rain is forecast along the Pacific coastline. There is a chance of some rain reaching the coastal sections of California later next week.
FOCUS: Ice Potential in the South
Freezing rain and drizzle may make roads and sidewalks slippery across portions of the South this weekend. The main area of concern will extend from Oklahoma and Arkansas to just north of the Interstate 10 corridor from southeastern Texas to Alabama.