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Mother Nature will provide a soggy, wintry weather pattern as well as an epic battle of temperatures on Monday. The West remains locked in winter, while a taste of spring is expected for the rest of the U.S.
An elongated cold front will be draped from the Great Lakes and Midwest into the central Plains and Southwest on Monday. Meanwhile, an upper-level weather system will be moving through the Northwest, Great Basin and northern Rockies. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will be drawn northward along the cold front, with Pacific moisture being transported into the northwestern U.S.
Showers and thunderstorms are likely throughout the southern Plains and Mississippi Valley into the western Great Lakes, Midwest and Deep South. Locally heavy rain and flooding will be possible, especially across the Lower Mississippi Valley. The main concern, however, will be strong to severe weather. Within any thunderstorms that develop, be on the lookout for damaging winds, large hail and even a few tornadoes.
Precipitation will also be found across the Northwest, Great Basin and northern/central Rockies. Expect light to moderate snow in the interior Northwest, Great Basin and northern/central Rockies throughout the day. The Pacific Northwest and northern California could initially see wet snow or a mix of rain, snow and sleet, which will then change over to all rain during the afternoon and evening. A few showers also cannot be ruled out across the rest of California early in the day.
At the same time, a weak low pressure system will drift off the coast of the Southeast, possibly moving over the Carolinas late in the day. Occasional rain showers will be likely throughout Florida into the Southeast coast. The best chance for rain will occur in the afternoon and evening. This low pressure system could be close enough to bring a few showers to the Mid-Atlantic coast and southern New England on Monday night.
Only a few spots stay dry for the start of the work week. This includes the Southwest, the northern half of the Plains and the Ohio Valley into the interior Northeast.
Unseasonably warm weather will be in the forecast for the eastern two-thirds of the nation, while colder than normal temperatures dominate the rest of the country.
Highs will be in the teens and 20s across the northern/central Rockies and far northern Plains. The tallest elevations of the Cascades, Sierra Nevada and Great Basin could also only see temperatures rise into the 20s. Otherwise, expect 30s and 40s for the rest of the Northwest, Great Basin, northern Plains and eastern New England. Mainly 50s and 60s will occur in California and the Desert Southwest as well as the central Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, western New England and the Mid-Atlantic. Milder 70s and 80s will occur in the southern Plains, Lower Mississippi Valley, Midwest, Deep South and Southeast.