Depending on where you live, you will either experience a summerlike Memorial Day weekend or deal with soaking rain that could put a damper on your outdoor and barbecue plans. Here’s the weekend weather outlook.
Memorial Day weekend is the fourth-busiest travel day of the year. Weather conditions could make driving hazardous. Use caution when driving, pull over if necessary, and avoid roads with standing water. Make sure to keep a phone number handy for your area auto accident attorney before you travel.
This week has already brought continual rain and severe weather since Tuesday night due to a slow-moving storm that arrived along the Pacific Ocean and began crawling its way across the country. Forecasters expect the storm to linger and potentially disrupt travel at the start of the holiday weekend.
The storm is expected to become energized on Wednesday and Thursday bringing some severe weather including the potential for damaging winds, large hail, flooding rain, and isolated tornadoes.
Thunderstorms and rain are in the forecast for portions of the central US, Ohio Valley, Mid-South, and Northeast late into the week, AccuWeather reports.
However, as the weather pattern shifts, rain will move in along the coast of the Carolinas, as well as over much of Florida.
Memorial Day will also bring cloudy conditions to the West Coast and the northern Rockies. Thunderstorms will move in over Colorado and parts of New Mexico. The Northeast and Ohio Valley will dry out but cloudy conditions will remain.
Memorial Day weekend is viewed as the unofficial start to summer, (the official summer solstice in the northern hemisphere occurs at 7:31 PM PDT on Sunday, June 20 this year), but it’s already feeling like summer in many parts of the country.
Those living in the south and southeast will see summerlike heat and mostly dry conditions. It will be warm and dry for the southern half of Texas, Louisiana, central and southern Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, as well as the southern half of North Carolina.
For the West and Southwest, it will be largely dry the exception of eastern New Mexico and northern Texas.
On Memorial Day itself, rain moves in along the coast of the Carolinas and over much of Florida, CNN reports. Much of the West will also see a shift toward cloudy conditions. Arizona will see clear skies. Parts of the South, Mid-South, Ohio Valley, and Northeast will see rain move out but cloudy conditions remain.