By Earth Networks' Cody Snell
The Great Plains will see a mostly dry day today. Rain will be possible in southern Plains, while the central and northern Plains see clear skies under high pressure. Highs will top out in the 60s, with 70s and 80s in the southern Plains.
The Rockies will also see their fair share of wet weather to end the weekend. Showers and even a few snowflakes will fall in the highest elevations of Colorado and Wyoming. Highs will reach the 50s and 60s, with 40s in the highest mountains.
Unsettled weather will extend across the Intermountain West and into the Northwest. Rain gear will be useful across northern Nevada and along the Cascades from California to Washington. High temperatures will reach the 50s and 60s.
The Southwest will be the quiet spot of the country today. Skies will remain mostly clear and temperatures will rise into the 80s and 90s, will make it a perfect day to spend time at the pool or go for a hike
By Earth Networks Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
The Sunshine State will continue to struggle living up to its name, as a deep river of moisture continues to pummel Florida with heavy rain. The heaviest of the rain will be focused across the populated southeastern part of the state.
The heavy rain is thanks to a series of weather-makers working in tandem. An upper-level low pressure system has remained across the Gulf of Mexico, drawing moisture northward from the
Caribbean. Meanwhile, a “Bermuda High” off the Eastern Seaboard is pushing that moisture northeastward, directing it on Florida, and particularly metro Miami.
The result has been waves of showers and thunderstorms, with many areas in Broward and Miami-Dade counties totaling 3 to 6 inches of rain since last weekend. This has led to areas of flooding, particularly in the highly urbanized parts of the counties.
Little is expected to change today or on Monday, with an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain likely to pummel locales such as Fort Lauderdale, Miami and Sunrise. Flood Watches remain in place across southeastern Florida, including metro Miami.
As if a soaking rainfall wasn’t enough, a few thunderstorms will be embedded in the rain. This will seek to intensify the downpours, producing flash flooding where the water can’t run off fast enough. If you come across water in the road, do not attempt to cross it as it is likely deeper than it appears. Remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
There’s no rest for the storm-weary, as rain chances will remain throughout the week in the water-logged region straight into the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.