Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 8:15 AM EST, February 22, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
Touches of winter and spring will make for an active mid-week across parts of the U.S. today. Spring-like temperatures, severe thunderstorms and heavy snow are just a few of things found across the U.S. today.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
A late-winter system will continue its march across the nation`s midsection, bringing severe thunderstorms with damaging winds and isolated tornadoes from the Tennessee Valley southward. Along with the potential for severe weather, heavy downpours could cause localized flooding. Cities like Birmingham, Ala., Knoxville, Tenn., and Atlanta could all see dangerous storms with heavy rain rumble through.
Temperatures will be quite mild for much of the South and East today. Highs will range from the 60s and 70s across the South, to the 50 and 60s in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. To the north, a few showers or a wintry mix will be the result of this system with temperatures mainly in the 30s and 40s from the Great Lakes to New England.
Moving to the Northwest, a strong Pacific system will overspread rain from Washington to Wyoming with heavy snow expected in the Cascades, Wasatch, Bitterroots, and Central Rockies. This system will also be fairly wound-up, so high winds will be an added danger, gusting at times to more than 60 mph in the lower elevations, and to near 90 mph along the highest ridges. Highs will mainly be in the 40s and 50s across the Northwest, with colder 30s in the mountains. Heading south into California and The Desert Southwest, sunshine will be abundant with highs mainly in the 70s and 80s.
It looks like the most tranquil weather will be found up and down the Plains. Mostly sunny skies will stretch from Dallas to Wichita, Kan., with mostly cloudy skies across the Dakotas. Temperatures will be running generally on the mild side for this time of year from the 30s and 40s in the Northern Plains, to the 60s and 70s for Oklahoma and Texas.
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