While the weather pattern will keep conditions hot and dry over the desert southwest and fair and sunny across much of California, a large part of the country will see a wet Memorial Day holiday weekend. While much of the eastern half of the country will be wet, the midwest will be especially soggy this weekend.
Texas will see the most rain over the next 72 hours, with widespread 2-5″ rainfall expected over the central and eastern part of the Lone Star State. Soaking rains will extend north from Texas into portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa. Portions of the Rockies in Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho could also see rain and higher-elevation snow.
Florida, which has seen record heat and some drought conditions over the last few weeks, should also see some rain, especially on the southwest coast where a wildfire burned outside of Naples just days ago. Things will be especially wet over the Florida Keys, with 2-3″ expected there.
Atlantic Ocean beaches from Massachusetts to Georgia will also see some damp conditions, dampening the opening of some beaches that are preparing to open with new social distancing standards in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.