Posted May 3, 2018 9:36 p.m. EDT
The storm that brought multiple days of severe weather across the central United States will affect the nation for one last day Friday. Gusty winds and thunderstorms will develop in the eastern Great Lakes and western New England. Non-thunderstorm winds can reach 50 mph downwind of the eastern Great Lakes. Localized flooding may also occur, especially where heavy rain fell overnight. Meanwhile, flooding downpours and gusty thunderstorms will target Texas, mainly in central areas.
Between these two areas, showers and thunderstorms will occur in other parts of the Northeast and the Ohio Valley. Ahead of the storms, warm weather will continue to span the Middle Atlantic and Southeast. Today may mark the first official heat wave (three straight days with highs at 90 degrees Fahrenheit) in Baltimore and Washington. Meanwhile, the Plains will welcome quieter weather for storm cleanup. Temperatures will rise 10 to 15 degrees above normal across the northern and central Plains.
High pressure will also lead to a dry day across much of the West. Spotty afternoon thunderstorms will make the Rockies the exception. While cooler air filters into the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and Rockies will turn warmer.
FOCUS: Meteor Shower Viewing Conditions
Viewing conditions for the Eta Aquarid meteor shower are expected to be good on Friday night and Saturday night from the Southwest states to parts of the Midwest. Cloud cover will obscure the show over parts of the Northwest and Northeast.