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Much of the eastern half of the nation will be dry Friday. However, as Eta catches up with the cold front that moved offshore Thursday, rain will bulge to the north and into the Mid-Atlantic and New England coastal areas. Eta will remain offshore but will race to the northeast along the frontal zone. Showers and thunderstorms will linger in South Florida ahead of the front.

Farther west, showers are forecast to erupt as mild air begins to flow to the north over parts of Oklahoma and Texas. Warmer air will flow from the Southwest to parts of the northern Plains.

Meanwhile, in the Northwest, a major storm will roll ashore with high winds, heavy rain and heavy mountain snow. Winds may gust to hurricane force from Oregon and southern Washington to Montana and Wyoming as the storm pushes inland. Enough rain will fall to cause flash flooding with the risk of mudslides in recent burn scar locations. The snow will dip to pass levels in the Cascades. There is the possibility that some of the passes may close for a time because of the intense snowfall rate and rapid accumulation. Not only will this be the strongest storm so far this season, it could rival the intensity of the strongest storms of the upcoming winter season.

FOCUS: Major Snowstorm for the Rockies

A potent storm will track inland across the Pacific Northwest on Friday. Heavy snow will fall from the Cascades through the northern half of the Rockies into Saturday. Snowfall amounts of 1 to 3 feet are anticipated, especially above 5,000 feet.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.


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