Unsettled Midwest, East expected for Memorial Day 2016

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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)

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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)

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