Unsettled Midwest, East expected for Memorial Day 2016

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...

It's Going to Be Hot This Summer For Most of the Country

By Brian Donegan, The Weather Channel

The weekend of Memorial Day 2016 could be filled with stormy weather for parts of the Midwest and East, but warmer temperatures are expected to finally arrive in those regions just in time for the holiday.

In the West, however, temperatures will be a bit below average with some showers in the forecast.

AAA expects the volume of automotive travel this Memorial Day weekend to be the second-heaviest on record with 38 million travelers.

With that in mind, here's what travelers can expect this weekend.

Friday

Overview

  • Wet Areas: The central portion of the country has the greatest chance of showers and thunderstorms. Pop-up thunderstorms of the hit-or-miss variety are expected in the East and Northeast, but many places will escape the day rain-free.
  • Dry Areas: California eastward into the Desert Southwest will enjoy dry weather. Many areas of the deep south will remain mostly rain free.
  • High Temperatures: Highs mainly in the 80s are expected across the eastern one-third of the country and across the south. The main exceptions will be coastal areas, due to afternoon sea breezes, and northern New England, where temperatures hold in the 60s and 70s. The West, the Rockies, and northern Plains will have highs in the 60s and 70s, while the Desert Southwest rises into the 90s.

Major highways impacted:
  • Interstate 35 from Kansas City to Oklahoma City (showers and thunderstorms)
  • I-30 from Dallas to Little Rock, Arkansas (showers and thunderstorms)
  • I-94 from Minneapolis to Chicago (showers and thunderstorms)

A look back at weather this spring in the United States:

20 PHOTOS
March/April, early spring weather around the United States
See Gallery
Unsettled Midwest, East expected for Memorial Day 2016
Drivers navigate through a heavy rain shower down a bush street, Sunday April 17, 2016, in Richardson, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
A lone bison is blanketed by snow as the animal stands at the buffalo overlook along Interstate 70 as a severe spring storm packing high winds and heavy, wet snow sweeps over the intermountain West Saturday, April 16, 2016, near Evergreen, Colo. While the storm is starting later than predicted, forecasters are expecting driving snow to pummel the region Saturday night into Sunday, which has forced the cancellation of hundreds flights out of Denver's airport. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Visitors stop at a park bench as they enjoy warm weather at Onondaga Lake Park, Sunday, April 17, 2016, in Liverpool, N.Y. The lake is a popular recreational attraction despite is distinction as one of the most polluted in the United States due to a long period of chemical dumping that ended in the mid-1980's. Cleanup efforts to reduce the high levels of mercury and other toxic substances in the lake are ongoing. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Footsteps can be seen on a recently cleared sidewalk during a spring snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Kids play in the surf at Ocean Beach after the sun set in San Francisco, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. A handful of spring heat records are expected to be broken on Wednesday, but then temperatures will fall and the weekend is forecast to be wet. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Fog envelops the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, United States April 8, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Stadium attendant Eileen Higgins, right, stands behind the outfield display as storm clouds gather overhead before a baseball game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Philadelphia Phillies, Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Cincinnati. The Reds won 3-2. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Malia Obama's hair flies into the air as a cold wind hits her and U.S. President Barack Obama while descending the steps of Air Force One upon their arrival at O'Hare Airport in Chicago April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A man carries an umbrella during a rain storm on Wall St. by the New York Stock Exchange in New York April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Falling snow sits on daffodils outside a Newbury Street shop during a spring snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Rain falls at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., Saturday, April 9, 2016, as a storm system brought much-needed rain to Southern California, which is now in its fifth year of drought. Rain showers occurred repeatedly through the day. Rain showers delayed a ball game in the Bay Area and prompted flood advisories as they scooted through California, but the overall rain totals won't do much to ease five years of drought, forecasters said.(AP Photo/John Antczak)
Raindrops and trees are reflected in a puddle during a rainy Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Chicago. Rains will scatter and become more occasional during the afternoon. Snow and rain is possible on Friday as well with highs failing to reach the 40-degree mark. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
This photo taken Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and provided by Kaitlyn Stone, shows a dust storm near Stratford, Texas. Forecasters say the dust storm, about 100-miles wide, blanketed much of the Texas Panhandle before moving on and dissipating. (Kaitlyn Stone via AP)
Heavy clouds and rain pass over downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 8, 2016. The first of two weather systems has brought showers to Southern California but rainfall has been scattered and mostly light. The National Weather Service says radar shows showers running across the region early Friday but not much of the rain is reaching the ground. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A woman whose car was stranded stands in receding street flooding, after severe rainstorms moved through New Orleans, Friday, April 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Traffic passes a cherry blossom tree with limbs broken by the weight of heavy snow along Sparks Boulevard in Sparks, Nev., Monday, March 28, 2016, after a late winter storm dumped more than a half foot of snow on the area the day after Easter. Much of northeast Nevada remained under a winter storm warning into Wednesday with as much as 20 inches of snow possible in the mountains. (AP Photo/By Scott Sonner)
A tornado touches down in Tulsa, Okla., on Wednesday, March 30, 2016. The National Weather Service is confirming multiple tornado touchdowns in the Tulsa area. (AP Photo/Larry Papke)
Storm clouds roll in over Champion Stadium in the seventh inning of a spring training baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Kissimmee, Fla. Moments later the game was stopped because of rain. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Visitors walk along the Tidal Basin to look at cherry blossoms in Washington March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE
SHOW CAPTION +
HIDE CAPTION


Saturday

Overview

  • Wet Areas: The Upper Midwest has the greatest chance of showers and thunderstorms. Pop-up thunderstorms of the hit-or-miss variety are expected in the Northeast as well as in the Mississippi Valley, but many of these places will stay dry. Showers and thunderstorms may be possible along the east coast from Miami, Florida to southern Virginia. We'll have to watch the Southeast coast ahead of increasing moisture due to a possible subtropical or tropical low pressure area.
  • Dry Areas: California eastward into the Rockies and Desert Southwest will enjoy a dry day. Much of the mid-Atlantic and interior Southeast will also be dry.
  • High Temperatures: Highs mainly in the 80s are expected across the eastern two-thirds of the country. The main exceptions will be coastal areas, due to afternoon sea breezes, where temperatures hold in the 70s. A isolated areas in Florida and Texas will see 90s. The West, northern Plains and the Rockies will again have highs in the 60s and 70s, while the Desert Southwest rises into the 90s.

Major highways impacted:

  • Interstate 94 from Minneapolis to the Chicago (showers and thunderstorms)
  • I-70 from Indianapolis to Wheeling, West Virginia (showers and thunderstorms)
  • I-90 from Billings, Montana, to Madison, Wisconsin (showers and thunderstorms)


Sunday

Overview

  • Wet Areas: The Plains states and upper Midwest have the greatest chance of showers and thunderstorms. Pop-up thunderstorms of the hit-or-miss variety are expected in the Northeast once again, but a lot of places will remain dry. Additionally, we'll have to watch the Southeast coast and Carolinas closely for possible subtropical or tropical development. Increasing showers and storms are likely from the Mid-Atlantic into Florida.
  • Dry Areas: California eastward into the Desert Southwest will enjoy a dry day. The Pacific Northwest through the Northern Plains will also be mostly dry.
  • High Temperatures: Highs mainly in the 80s are expected across the eastern two-thirds of the country. The main exceptions will be coastal areas, due to afternoon sea breezes, and New England, where temperatures will again hold in the 70s. The West and the Rockies will have highs in the 60s and 70s, while the Desert Southwest rises well into the 90s.

Major highways impacted:

  • Interstate 95 from Richmond to Melbourne, Florida showers and thunderstorms)
  • I-35 from Kansas City, Missouri to Laredo, Texas (showers and thunderstorms)
  • I-40 from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Oklahoma City (showers and thunderstorms)


Memorial Day

Overview

  • Wet Areas: The Plains states, and East once again has the greatest chance of showers and thunderstorms. Pop-up thunderstorms of the hit-or-miss variety are possible in the Northeast, but a lot of places will escape the holiday rain-free. In addition, we'll have to continue watching the Southeast coast up through the mid-Atlantic coast closely for possible subtropical or tropical development.
  • Dry Areas: The majority of the West eastward into the Rockies will enjoy a dry day. Much of the Gulf Coast will also be dry.
  • High Temperatures: Highs mainly in the 80s are expected across the eastern two-thirds of the country. The main exceptions will be coastal areas, due to afternoon sea breezes, and New England, where temperatures will hold in the 70s again. Portions of the deep south will rise into the low to mid 90s. The West and the Rockies will have highs mainly in the 70s, while the Desert Southwest again rises well into the 90s.

Major highways impacted:

  • Potentially Interstate 95 from Melbourne, Florida to Richmond (watching for possible subtropical or tropical development)
  • I-35 from Dallas to Kansas City (showers and thunderstorms)
  • I-90 from Buffalo to Albany, New York (showers and thunderstorms)

Read Full Story

People are Reading