Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 9 AM EST, January 5, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier
Other than a few weather blemishes across the West Coast, Mountain West, Great Lakes, and Gulf Coast, most of the U.S. will revel in quiet weather for the first weekend of 2013.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
A pair of weak storm systems, one scraping the Gulf Coast, and the other lifting through the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes, will be the only weather-makers in the eastern half of the U.S. for the start of the weekend. A bit of light snow will spread across the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes late in the day. Thankfully, it will only be of the nuisance variety. Along the Gulf Coast it will be a different story, where residents will be dodging raindrops.
The only other weather interruption will be found across the West Coast, from northern California into Washington State. A storm system careening into British Columbia will squeeze out some high-elevation snow and valley rain. Fortunately, the rain and snow will be light, only producing a few inches in the mountains, while it won`t be a washout in the valleys.
The rest of the U.S. will enjoy quieter winter weather, with plenty of January sun and generally comfortable temperatures.
The coldest weather in the U.S. will be found in the Mountain West, Rockies, as well as from the central and northern Plains into New England, where teens, 20s and 30s are likely. The warmer spots will include southern California and Florida, where 60s and even a few 70s will be common. Everywhere else will see temperatures in the 40s and 50s.
Today`s weather-makers will budge little on Sunday. Unfortunately, that will mean a bit more snow for the eastern Ohio Valley, while flurries and snow showers spread as far east as eastern New England. Snowfall accumulations will remain very light, with most places picking up less than an inch.
The other weather hiccups will be found along the Gulf Coast, West Coast and Mountain West. A stalled front will produce downpours and a few thunderstorms across Florida, while a Pacific storm continues to wring out a burst of heavy rain from northern California to western Washington State. Those across the Sierra Nevada, Cascades, Rockies and Wasatch Range will see a bit of accumulating snow.
The Desert Southwest, Plains, Mississippi Valley and Southeast will see ample sun and warmer temperatures on Sunday.
The coldest temperatures will dive into the Upper Midwest and northern New England, where it will struggle to climb out of the teens. On the other hand, mild 60s and 70s will be a common theme along the U.S. Southern-Tier, with seasonable 30s, 40s, and 50s in between.
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