Posted January 18, 2018 10:46 p.m. EST
Much of the eastern two-thirds of the United States can expect a dry day, with at least partial sunshine. After a cold start to the day, temperatures are expected to rebound in the Northeast and the South. Mild air will prevail over the Plains and the Midwest, with temperatures beginning to rise before dawn in some areas, because of a west-to-southwest breeze. Clouds and rain are in the forecast for the South and coastal Texas. Areas near the Canadian border, from Maine to Minnesota, can expect cloudy conditions and a wintry mix, ranging from a bit of snow to some sleet and rain. Warmth will continue to build over parts of the Plains, the Midwest and the East ahead of a storm brewing farther west.
A weak storm will move across the Great Basin, bringing low-elevation snow showers and heavier snow to the ridges from eastern Oregon and the Sierra Nevada to the northern Rockies. Rain showers will spread south along the coast from Washington and Oregon to California. The rain is not expected to be heavy enough to increase the risk of mudslides in the major burn areas of Southern California, but it may cause slippery travel conditions in some areas.
FOCUS: Snow Spreading Over The Rockies
A storm will produce snow across the Rockies into the weekend. Accumulation will reach 6 to 12 inches in some spots, with 3 to 6 inches expected around Denver by the end of the weekend. Near-record warmth Friday will precede the snow.