WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Weather Service's (NWS) Climate Prediction Center reports a large area of potentially severe weather, extending from Minnesota south to Arkansas and from Kentucky west to Colorado, will exist from May 21 to May 24.
NWS forecasters predict thunderstorms and heavy rain will be part of this system. Their weather threat assessment indicates tornadoes and damaging winds are possible as well.
Predicted rainfall amounts in Iowa and Minnesota will range from two to four inches. Locally higher amounts of rainfall and some localized flooding may occur anywhere in the threat area.
West and southwest of that area, thunderstorms are possible from May 25 to May 28, and include all or parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. New England and the Mid-Atlantic States will see wet weather in the form of showers between May 24 and 28.
NWS predictions indicate New England will see "enhanced" amounts of rain between June and August. Drought conditions will continue in the extreme southwestern US and in the southeast along the Gulf Coast and into Georgia.