An active start to the week across the East will give way to a much desired, quieter period of weather for the remainder of the week overall. Meanwhile to the West, they’ll actually experience an uptick in activity late-week. We’re tracking that and more in your 5 Things to Watch this week.

Continuous Rain and Cold in Northeast:

If you were in the Northeast on Mother’s Day, you likely had to deal with rain and unusually cold temperatures. Well, that will continue early-week as a new low pressure, which will actually become a nor’easter, develops off the East Coast. This coastal low will bring a widespread swath of rain to the Mid-Atlantic and New England Monday. However, once that precipitation moves into the higher elevations of northern New England, it will turn into snow, and may even accumulate to a few inches Monday night. That snow will persist across the region into Tuesday, although accumulation should become a bit more localized. Meanwhile across the remainder of the Northeast, lingering, scattered showers will be around bit we don’t think it will be a washout. Temperatures across most areas will be in the 30s, 40s, and 50s with wind gusts up to 40 mph at the coast.

Texas Severe Weather:

Unlike the past few weeks where there has been a storm system that has brought days of severe weather to the South, this next storm across the southern Plains won’t be as potent, only threatening parts of Texas with strong storms today. That severe weather risk will be across western and southern Texas, with strong winds and large hail as the primary threats. Isolated tornadoes and flash flooding will also be possible, however. Those storms will clear out for the most part Tuesday and into midweek.

Quieter Midweek Across East:

High pressure will take over in the East, both at the surface and aloft this week, peaking during the middle part of the week, allowing for generally dry and nicer weather across the eastern US. This will be associated with a change in the jet stream’s orientation as a dip develops across the West while a ridge builds over the East. There will still be a few passing showers at times, especially in the Midwest and Northeast, but it will be noticeably drier and warmer — highs in the North will be in the 60s and 70s for the most part while the South will experience highs in the 80s and 90s. Those warmer temperatures in the Northeast will remain below average, however.

West Coast Storm:

Once that pattern change takes place midweek, that will make way for a large storm to move into the West by this upcoming weekend. Widespread rain and mountain snow will be the main story, with most of the snow coming down in the Sierra Nevada, northeastern Nevada, and the central Rocky Mountains. The higher peaks can expect over a foot of snow, which is somewhat unusual for mid-May.

Weekend Plains Storm:

The same storm that will affect the West late-week will move into the Plains while strengthening by the end of the weekend. This storm, based off of the model guidance at this time, is poised to dump heavy rain, which will bring back the flood threat, and will threaten the region with severe storms, especially across the southern Plains. Stay tuned for additional details about this storm later this week.


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