Active weather expected across the country through the weekend as we will be watching 3 separate systems, one in the east, one moving from the northwest to the southern Plains, and one tracking from the Dakotas into the Great Lakes.
The first system, in the east, will produce the most precipitation and the majority of it will be rain. This system will begin centered in the northern Gulf of Mexico just off the LA and MS coasts and is expected to move north-northeast over the next few days producing widespread rains, and a changeover to snow for some on the western side on Saturday. Widespread rainfall amounts around an inch or more is expected over the eastern third of the country with a few including parts of the Carolinas and eastern New England getting 2-3 potentially. Some in northern New England may begin as a mix or just snow this evening, but the changeover to snow is expected to begin in eastern OH and eastern KY Saturday morning and continue eastward through PA and New England. A couple of inches of snow will be possible for the most part though heavier amounts could occur in north-central NY.
The next system moving from the Dakotas into the Great Lakes is a fairly weak system, but an inch or two of snow is possible for eastern ND, parts of MN, northern WI, and the UP of MI.
And finally, a system in the northwest will track southeast into the southern Plains through the weekend bringing widespread mountains snows in the west, and accumulating snow potential for western NE and southwest SD this evening through Saturday, and then to southeast NE, eastern KS, northern MO, southern IA, and parts of northwest IL Sunday evening and overnight.