A storm will dive across the nation's midsection this weekend, blanketing a vast portion of the Plains and Rockies with a disruptive snowfall.
Before the weekend comes to a close, cities and towns including Rapid City, S.D., Omaha, Neb., and Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo., will face the harsh winter weather. Snow will also overspread the central Rockies, with up to half a foot of snow falling over the higher peaks in Colorado.
Through tonight, a swath from Montana to northern Missouri can expect accumulations of 1 to 3 inches of snow, with as much as half a foot of snow along a zone from southeastern South Dakota to far northeastern Missouri. Missouri will then bear the brunt of the snowfall on Sunday, when another couple of inches is likely.
The snow will set the stage for travel troubles through the weekend. Portions of Interstates 90, 80, 70, 35 and 29 could become snow covered and hazardous at times.
Strong winds will roar over the High Plains along the back side of this storm. On top of ushering a shot of colder air into the area, gusts past 40 mph could lead to blowing and drifting snow.
The wind-whipped snow will reduce visibility, and could also create an uphill battle for crews working to keep the roads clear even after the snow starts to taper off.
The snowstorm will work its way into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys early next week. Enough cold air could be in place for a wintry mix of rain and snow to make roads slushy and slick from Little Rock, Ark., to Huntsville, Ala., as well.
Into the middle of the week, the storm could unleash a significant snowfall over the mid-Atlantic and New England.
NOAA released its 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Thursday, predicting another active season.
This holiday weekend, a rare astronomical phenomenon will occur that will not be seen again until October 2015.
San Antonio is getting hit by heavy thunderstorms on Friday afternoon and evening.
A few days after a chilly storm departs the Northeast, warm weather will make a strong comeback in parts of the Midwest and the East later next week.
Severe weather and drenching downpours will affect parts of the Plains and Midwest over the Memorial Day Weekend.
"This pup was literally singing when he saw his family," Michelle Karolicki, relocation program manager of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, said about a reunion that took place on Thursday.
Abilene, TX (2000)
109 degrees, hottest ever in May.
Snowstorm across state; daytime accumulation of 4-6".
Philadelphia, PA (1992)
A dramatic cold frontal passage. Early afternoon temperature over 80 degrees fell to a late-day reading in the 40s.