What We're Watching in the Weather This Weekend

Linda Lam
Published: March 28, 2020

Along with social distancing, rain, thunderstorms and snow may put a damper on outdoor spring activities this weekend.

Here's a closer look at what we're watching this weekend as an active weather pattern prevails across the contiguous United States.

Midwest and Northeast: Rain, Not Much Snow

An area of low pressure will track from the Central Plains into the Great Lakes and Northeast this weekend.

The track of this system will allow warm air to flow northward, keeping most of the precipitation in the form of rain.

Rumbles of thunder are expected in parts of the Midwest on Saturday. A fast-moving line of storms will likely bring severe weather from southern Wisconsin southward. Significant severe weather is possible in the mid-Mississippi Valley.

(MORE: Severe Weather Outbreak Expected Into This Weekend

Rain will also move into the mid-Atlantic and parts of the Northeast Saturday. Some snow could fall in western Nebraska, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin into Saturday night.

A wet Sunday is likely for the Northeast and Great Lakes. A few strong to severe thunderstorms could form Sunday from eastern Kentucky and southwestern Virginia northward into eastern Ohio and western New York. Snow or a mix of rain and snow is possible on Sunday from Minnesota into northern Wisconsin and parts of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, as well as in northern New Hampshire and interior Maine.


Rain and Snow Forecast

Southern Storms Possible

A cold front will track across the South this weekend. Showers and thunderstorms will develop as this system pushes eastward.

The best chance for thunderstorms on Saturday will be along and ahead of a fast-moving cold front. Severe weather is possible from northern Louisiana into Missouri early in the day, shifting eastward through the Mississippi Valley into Kentucky, Tennessee, northern Mississippi and northwestern Alabama. Some storms may become severe with damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado.

The threat of thunderstorms will press eastward Sunday and stretch from the northern Gulf Coast into eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina.

(MAPS: Weekly Planner

Localized flash flooding is a concern, but this is a relatively fast-moving system which will help to limit rainfall totals.

Temperatures will be well above average, and record highs are expected ahead of this cold front. However, temperatures will take a dive after the front passes, and highs and lows will return closer to average.


Saturday Night's Forecast

Dry, Mild and Windy Conditions Expected This Weekend in Southwest, Plains

Low pressure will be moving away from the Plains on Saturday, and high pressure will begin to build into the central United States.

Some rain or a mix of rain and snow is possible on Saturday from northeastern Colorado into the upper Mississippi Valley. Otherwise, areas from the Southwest into much of the Plains will experience mainly dry conditions this weekend.

Temperatures will mostly be within 10 degrees of average this weekend from the Four Corners region into the Plains.

(MAPS: 10-Day Forecast


Weekend Forecast

Windy conditions are also anticipated throughout most of the Plains, especially on Saturday. Gusts over 30 mph are possible.

The combination of dry conditions and strong winds will increase the potential for rapid growth of wildfires. Red flag warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for parts of Texas and northeastern Oklahoma for Saturday.


Fire Weather Alerts and Wind Forecast

More Rain and Mountain Snow Ahead for the West

An upper-level low will approach the West Coast this weekend and moisture will spread into parts of the West. Another system will also track toward the Pacific Northwest late this weekend, bringing another round of rain and mountain snow.

Precipitation will generally be light to moderate for most of the region, and snow will fall in the higher elevations of the Cascades and the Sierra Nevada. Snowfall is still needed in the Sierra, so any additional spring snow is good news there.

Temperatures will be near or slightly below average for most of the West this weekend.


Weekend Forecast

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The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.