Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 7:45 AM EST, March 1, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
Two words best describes what the eastern-third of the U.S. needs heading toward the conclusion of the workweek -- a breather! Aside of rarely-seen early-March winter weather across New England and a few late-day thunderstorms in the Tennessee Valley, the only weather issues will be found across the West Coast and Mountain West.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Finally, Old Man Winter makes a rare appearance across Upstate New York and New England. Following Wednesday`s bout of winter weather, there will be another batch of fresh snow exiting eastern New England at a snail`s pace today. Several inches will blanket the ground in places like Boston, Worcester, Mass., Providence, R.I., as well as from Utica, N.Y., to Portland, Maine. Travel will be a difficult task along the New York Thruway (I-90) and Massachusetts Turnpike, as well as in the big cities along the Interstate 95 corridor.
Morning fog will greet the Gulf Coast and Central Appalachians; otherwise the rest of the eastern-third of the U.S. will largely be "weather-free", except for the Deep South, Lower Mississippi Valley and western Tennessee Valley. Here, a return of Gulf of Mexico moisture will ignite a few potent late-day thunderstorms for Memphis and Jackson, Tenn. The most intense storms will pack a punch with large hail and damaging wind gusts, but an isolated tornado cannot be completely ruled out. The good news is the heavily-hit Missouri and the Ohio Valley will be storm-free, allowing a quicker recovery to occur.
The only other weather hiccup will be found from the West Coast into the Rockies, where the next big storm will emerge off the Rocky Mountain Front Range. In its wake, bands of heavy snow will sweep deep into the Great Basin and Rockies, while pivoting away from the Cascades and Sierra Nevada. Even though it won`t be an all-day event, hefty accumulations measured in feet will bury the higher terrain. Even a few inches will fall in the western Oregon lowlands, where travel will be slick along Interstate 5.
Those looking for a tranquil and bright March start will need to head to the Plains, Desert Southwest and Great Lakes.
Temperatures will be very similar to Leap Day across the U.S. Chilly 20s, 30s and 40s will stretch from the Columbia Basin and Rockies all the way to New England. Seasonable 50s and 60s will be common from the West Coast to the Atlantic Coast beaches. Those seeking spring-warmth won`t have to head to far south, where widespread 70s and 80s will lurk from the Desert Southwest to Carolinas and Florida.
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