Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 11:45 AM January 25, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
A busy weather day is on tap across the U.S. today. Almost every corner of the nation will have to deal with some type of weather trouble, whether it is heavy rain, snow or extreme cold.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Two storm systems, a Pacific storm rolling into southern California and an Alberta Clipper combining with a southern storm system, will be the trouble-makers for the end of the workweek.
The Pacific storm rolling onto the West Coast will produce heavy downpours in southern California and Desert Southwest, with blotches of light snow falling at the highest peaks in the Desert Southwest and Colorado Rockies. Flash flooding could become an issue in the desert locations of California, while rain, showers and elevation snow will also spread from the Pacific Northwest into the northern Rockies.
The rest of the U.S. from the Rockies westward will see tranquil weather. Temperatures will be coldest in the Mountain West with widespread 30s, while warm 60s and 70s dominate southern California and the Desert Southwest; in between, it will be in the 40s and 50s today.
The other system that will cause problems is a hybrid Alberta Clipper combining with a weak southern storm. This combination will produce rain showers from eastern Texas eastward into the Southeast and temperatures in the 40s and low 50s.
Meanwhile, morning snow in the Midwest will spread south and east into the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast this afternoon and evening. The snow will be mostly light, adding up to an inch or two, but will still cause travel issues along the Interstate 95 corridor. Further south across the Tennessee Valley, southern Kentucky, southwestern Virginia and the western Carolinas, a wintry mix, including freezing rain, will fall starting later this morning.
In an all-too common theme this week, temperatures won`t break the freezing mark until reaching the Carolinas and eastern Tennessee today. The coldest, below zero readings, will be found in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
New England will be spared snow until this evening, but it will stay cold. Highs in the teens and 20s will be common, with Maine staying in the single digits.
The central third of the nation will remain quiet, with plenty of sunshine from Texas to Montana. High temperatures will range from the 70s and lower 80s across southern Texas to the atypical 30s and 40s along the eastern Montana High Plains.
Florida, outside of some showers in the Panhandle, will see plenty of sunshine and temperatures reaching into the mid-70s.
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