Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 8:30 AM EST, February 21, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
Weather across the U.S. northern tier will remain active to start the abbreviated work week, with rain and snow impacting the Great Lakes, Northern Rockies, and Pacific Northwest. The southern half of the U.S. will see plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
A storm system is bringing a dose of snow to the Great lakes today. The morning commute could be slippery in cities such as Chicago and Milwaukee, as snow showers mix with rain showers. Snowflakes will be more widespread across the northern Great Lakes, while rain showers dampen the Ohio Valley.
Farther West, another potent disturbance will set its sights on the Northern Rockies. Over a foot of snow will impact the highest peaks and passes across Idaho western Montana and western Wyoming, with rain showers falling on the valley floors. It will also be quite windy, as gusts exceed 60 mph along Interstates 15, 90, and 94. Elsewhere, rain showers will sock the western portions of Oregon and Washington.
Meanwhile, high pressure will dominate the East Coast and the southern tier of the nation dry conditions and plenty of February sunshine. The coolest temperatures across the U.S. will be found in the northern Rockies, Great Lakes and interior Northeast. The Gulf Coast, southern Plains Desert Southwest and much of California will all share the warmest temperatures, with highs in the 60s and 70s.
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