Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 7:45 AM EDT, April 15, 2012
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
Severe weather will take aim at the Midwest and Mississippi Valley in the wake of Saturday`s destructive central and southern Plains storms. Elsewhere, warm temperatures will push up the East Coast, while snowflakes fly in parts of the Rockies.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.
The bull`s eye for severe weather will be Wisconsin, where a strong low pressure moving off to the west combined with an approaching cold front will set the stage for potentially damaging storms. The main threat with any storms that develop will be damaging wind gusts. In addition, large hail and a few tornadoes cannot be ruled out.
Cities under the gun from this threat include Milwaukee, Green Bay, and La Crosse, Wis. Additional storms will form along the cold front from Illinois south to Arkansas and Texas. Strong wind gusts will again be the primary threat in these areas, encompassing St. Louis, Little Rock, Ark., and Houston.
Meanwhile, a blast of above-normal temperatures will surge northward from the Mid-Atlantic into the Northeast. A warm front pushing into New England overnight will open the door for above-average temperatures from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. and New York. 80-degree readings will be widespread from Florida to Indiana and east to Maryland. Even the Northeast will get into the act, with highs in the 70s from Albany, N.Y. to Bangor, Maine.
The opposite scenario will play out in the Mountain West, where cool air plunging down from Canada will set the stage for mountain snow from western Montana south to Colorado. Rain and wind will spread across the Dakotas and into northern Minnesota, with temperatures only reaching into the 40s and low 50s.
Warmth and sun will overspread Florida and the Deep South across the Southern Tier to West Texas, with highs in the 80s and even low 90s. Typically pleasant weather will be in place across California, and dry weather will even hold steady in the Pacific Northwest from Eugene, Ore. to Seattle.
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