Active Weather Continues in the West; Potent Cold Front to Move Through the East this Weekend
A complex weather system will continue to bring active conditions over the Western U.S. through early Saturday, including more heavy snowfall through the Rockies. Farther east, a potent cold front will advance through the Ohio Valley Saturday, bringing rain and a few strong thunderstorms. As the front clears the east coast on Sunday, colder and gusty conditions will return.
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Changes in soil moisture affect how precipitation behaves when it reaches the ground. Generally, higher soil moisture increases the potential for water from precipitation to reach streams & rivers. Soil moisture can be measured or modeled. Knowledge of soil moisture content tends to improve river forecasts.