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Short Range Forecast Discussion NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD 300 PM EST Fri Nov 24 2023 Valid 00Z Sat Nov 25 2023 - 00Z Mon Nov 27 2023 ...Heavy snow and gusty winds will impact the central and southern Rockies into the central Plains through tonight and Saturday... ...Light accumulating snowfall expected across the Midwest... ...Temperatures will be below average for large sections of the country this holiday weekend... ...Some rain expected to traverse the Gulf Coast states... A storm system crossing the Intermountain West will continue to bring areas of heavy snowfall to the central and southern Rockies, and also the central Plains going through tonight and Saturday. Coinciding with the heavy snow will be very cold temperatures and gusty winds which will result in snow-covered roads, reduced visibilities, and hazardous travel conditions. Additional snowfall amounts of as much as 6 to 12 inches can be expected over the central and southern Rockies, with some of the higher peaks seeing 1 to 2 feet. The snow that is currently over Nebraska will settle southward tonight and advance over large areas of Kansas on Saturday, and this will bring as much as 4 to 8 inches of snow here. This winter storm should then taper down going through the remainder of the weekend, but the temperatures will remain locally well below average. Many areas of the rest of the country will also be below average heading through the holiday weekend as an elongated axis of cold high pressure initially stretching from the Intermountain West east through the Plains, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states remains in place most of the period. Temperatures will be as much as 10 to 20 degrees below normal, with the colder temperature anomalies persisting out across the central Plains where the aforementioned winter storm and added snowpack will help reinforce the cold airmass. However, high pressure at least over the Midwest and toward the East Coast will weaken and give way by early Sunday to multiple areas of low pressure and the arrival of a couple of new cold fronts. This will include the remnants of the aforementioned winter storm over the Rockies and Plains that will cross the Midwest with at least a swath of light accumulating snowfall. Meanwhile, a weak storm system traversing the Gulf Coast states will give way to an area of low pressure forming just offshore of the Mid-Atlantic states by late Sunday. This will bring some rain to the Gulf Coast states and eventually areas of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain. Just after this period heading into early next week, this low center coupled with weak low pressure over the Ohio Valley should consolidate and lead to a stronger area of low pressure and heavier precipitation that will impact portions of New England. Orrison Graphics available at