Today's Weather Outlook
7 AM EDT, October 26, 2012
By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
Several big developing weather stories will be making the headlines as the last workweek of October concludes. This includes Sandy`s Florida offshore exodus and an autumn cold front pushing through the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Florida will get a glancing blow from Hurricane Sandy even as the storm remains well offshore today. Gusty onshore winds will whip gusty rain squalls into the Sunshine State, with another inch or so of rain likely. Coastal flooding and erosion are likely along the Atlantic Coast from Florida to the Carolinas due to the battering surf generated by Sandy.
The other big story will be a cold front pushing eastward across the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes. This system will produce showers from Texas northeast into the western Great Lakes. The bigger issue with the front will be an onslaught of colder air slicing south of the arctic into the Plains and Northern Rockies. A large temperature contrast is likely, with 60s found in Texas northeast into the Ohio Valley ahead of the front and 30s across northern and western Plains and Rockies. In between, the central and southern Plains will be in the 40s and low 50s.
It will remain quiet across California, the Southwest, southern Rockies, and from the eastern Gulf Coast northeast into New England. Abundant sunshine will push temperatures into the 80s in the Southwest, southern California, Southern Plains and Gulf Coast. Slightly cooler 70s will be found in the rest of California, the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, and into the Northeast.
The Pacific Northwest will see showers and some mountain snow later in the day. Highs will be in the mid-40s and low 50s, with the mountains being cooler.
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