One major system is expected to affect the country for the most part through the weekend and will produce some soaking rains and possible a few isolated severe storms.
Early today a front will be present across the Southeast and extends up the east coast and this feature will be the focus of shower and storm activity today and tonight in the Southeast. These chances will be from New Orleans, LA northeast to Elizabeth City, NC and parts south and east for the most part. A few isolated severe storms are possible in northern FL, southern GA, and far southern SC mainly along the front where a strong wind gust or tornado will be possible. On Saturday morning a low is anticipated to develop in the Gulf south of the panhandle of FL and moves northeast through the weekend and making it off the coast of the Mid-Atlantic states by late Sunday night. Widespread rain and a few storms are expected across the Southeast and Mid Atlantic over the weekend as this low moves through this region. An isolated severe storm with strong wind gust will still be possible across parts of central and northern FL, but the bigger hazard will be heavy rains as widespread amounts of 2 inches or more will be possible from the FL panhandle to southeast VA including much of GA and Carolinas.
Further north today as a low pressure system moves through eastern Canada, a few scattered snow showers could linger across parts of New England. With northwest winds coming off Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, lake effect snow showers are anticipated today as well in northwest PA and western NY.
Finally, a trough builds into the western part of the country through the weekend and will produce isolated to scattered lower elevation rain showers and higher elevation snow showers for western WA, western OR, and through parts of CA.