Washington, DC -- In its weekly assessment of weather threats for the next 10-day period, the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) expects a continuation of the pattern of the last couple of weeks. Storms will continue hit the West Coast and then move East bringing more severe weather to the Midwest.
The predicted onshore flow in California is expected to result in especially heavy rainfall in the period from Friday to Sunday, February 25-27. This is for an area that has seen a battery of storms in the last 10 days that have saturated the ground and raised levels on streams and rivers from San Francisco Bay south to San Diego. The bulk of the next storm's precipitation is expected north of the Bay Area into extreme southwestern Oregon.
CPC forecast models are also showing the development of a strong storm in the Middle Mississippi River Valley over the weekend February 26-27. The system is expected to move into the already-saturated Ohio River Valley and exit through the Northeast by the end of the weekend. If current models prove correct, this system has the potential to set up a dramatic clash of cold air from the north and warm, moist air in the south, raising the likelihood of severe weather for areas from the Southern Plains to the Ohio and Tennessee river valleys.
CPC forecasters expect this weather pattern will continue into and through next week, offering little relief to areas already inundated by heavy rains or pummeled by severe weather.