Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 6:30 AM EST, March 8, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
The chaotic winter ride of late will be in full swing for the eastern-third of the U.S. for the home stretch of the workweek. Not to be left out, those across the West will enjoy early March sunshine, but it won`t be accompanied by spring warmth just yet.
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Showers are inundating the southern and eastern Plains, Mid-Mississippi Valley and Midwest this morning. Rain gear and umbrellas will also be needed along the Interstate 30, 35 and 40 corridors from southern Texas into the Tennessee Valley later today as barely-moving downpours and even a few thunderstorms overtake the southern Plains and South. The rumbling storms will pack a punch with large hail and damaging wind gusts in places like Austin and Dallas, Texas, Shreveport, La., and Little Rock, Ark. Despite all the rain and storms, the mercury will soar into the 60s, 70s and even make a run at the lower 80s for some.
The rain threat won`t end there, as an eastward-barreling cold front will bring downpours as far north as Upstate New York and northern New England. Even a few showers could reach the big cities from the Nation`s Capital to Boston, but not before a superb early-spring day takes shape. Those looking for snow won`t find it here, with high temperatures spiking into the lower 50s as far north as northern Maine. The populated Interstate 95 cities will reach the 60s and 70s, with Florida in the balmy lower 80s.
The spring weather will be more winter-like for residents across the southern Rockies, Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle and Upper Midwest to Great Lakes today. Accumulating snow will be more of a nuisance, but a reminder that winter isn`t ready to leave just yet. Highs will range from the upper 20s into the 30s.
The rest of the U.S. will escape unscathed from unsettled weather, being spoiled by early-March sun but chilly temperatures outside of the Desert Southwest and California. Cool 40s and 50s will spread from the Pacific Northwest to the central Plains, except in the 30s across the highest peaks of the Rockies. The Desert Southwest and California will see highs in the 60s and 70s.
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