Posted May 31, 2018 8:42 p.m. EDT
Showers and heavy, gusty thunderstorms are expected on Friday from western New England to northern Georgia, northern Alabama and western Tennessee as well as the Florida Peninsula. Some of the storms from the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys to the central Appalachians may become severe in the afternoon and early evening. With tropical air over the region, any downpours could cause flash flooding in urban and rural areas. Southeastern Virginia to the Florida Panhandle will be mainly dry.
Many areas from the western Great Lakes to the western Gulf Coast and the southern Plains can expect some sunshine and dry conditions. Heat will continue to build over the southern Plains, with temperatures exceeding 100 in spots.
As a storm system moves from the northern Rockies to the northern Plains, severe thunderstorms will develop over parts of the Dakotas and Nebraska. The storms will move east at night, bringing high winds and heavy rain. Lighter showers and storms are in the forecast for the northern Rockies. Much of the rest of the West can expect a dry day, with warmth building over coastal California.
FOCUS: Severe Thunderstorms on Saturday
Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected from eastern Missouri and southern Illinois to western Tennessee on Saturday afternoon and evening. The leading edge of the storms may bring damaging winds and intense rain.