Posted April 17, 2018 9:22 p.m. EDT
Chilly air will linger in New England on Wednesday, with spotty rain and snow showers in the north. Some sunshine and milder conditions will prevail across the Mid-Atlantic, ahead of unsettled weather expected on Thursday. Warmth will build over the Southeast, with plenty of sunshine.
Much of the Midwest will be affected by a fast-moving storm. Rain is projected to spread east across the lower Great Lakes, with showers extending over the middle Mississippi and Ohio valleys. Snow or a mix of rain and snow will fall farther north, from the central Great Lakes to parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and the Dakotas. The snow should spread south of the Canadian border.
Most areas from the High Plains and Texas to the Rockies and the Southwest can expect dry weather and sunshine. High pressure will stretch from Montana to the Four Corners. Lingering moisture will result in rain and mountain snow showers in Washington and Oregon. A storm is expected to move south, just off the coast of California. As the system turns inland, it will spread drenching rain and gusty thunderstorms across much of the southern third of the United States late this week and into early next week.
FOCUS: Rain and Snow in the Northeast
A storm is expected to bring rain and wet snow to the Northeast on Thursday into Thursday night. There may be a few inches of accumulation in the higher elevations of upstate New York and northern New England. Drier weather will return by the weekend.