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Weekend Weather Outlook

UPDATED 9 AM EST, January 26, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill

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The East will stay chilly while the Plains warm up this weekend. Meanwhile, stormy weather moves into the Southwest, Northwest and Midwest.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.


A fresh Canadian high pressure will bring another day of below-average temperatures to the Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Highs will climb into the 20s and 30s everywhere from Detroit to Richmond, Va., with a biting northwest winds sending wind chills into the teens and single digits.

Morning snow showers will taper off in the Great Lakes but continue in Upstate New York and across the northern Appalachians.

A fresh storm emerges into the Southwest with showers interrupting outdoor plans in Phoenix. Snow will mix with rain in the southern Wasatch and Rockies. Meanwhile, another fresh moisture wave will rotate inland to the Northwest bringing rain to Interstate 5 and snow for the Cascades and Northern Rockies. General snowfall accumulations will be less than 6 inches.

Breezy southerly winds will bring a noticeable warm up into the Northern Plains. Friday`s single digits and teens will be replaced by 20s for places like Bismarck and Williston, N.D. Farther south there will be a marked temperature rise into the 50s and 60s for the Central and Southern Plains with 70s closer to the Rio Grande Valley and Texas Gulf Coast.

Highs will range from the 30s and 40s in the Mountain West to the 50s and 60s through California and the Southwest. The Gulf Coast and Florida will warm into the 70s.


The storm that will bring rain to the Southwest today will become the Midwest and Great Lake`s problem to round out the weekend. Rain will push through the Central Plains early before spreading into places like Des Moines, Iowa, Chicago, Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wis. The northern fringe of the precipitation shield will likely be a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow in the Midwest and Great Lakes.

More rain and mountain snow will continue in the Northwest and Northern Rockies with a few drips and drabs lingering across southern California and the Southwest. Other than a few showers along the western Gulf Coast, large stretches of the East, Deep South and Northern Plains will end the weekend without rain or snow.

Temperatures will remain cold across the Northeast, Great Lakes, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, with highs generally in the 20s and 30s, with teens found in the colder Upper Midwest. Similar readings will also be found in the Mountain West and Rockies.

The warmest spots continue to be southern Texas and south Florida, with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s. In between these two regions, highs will range from the 60s across the Southwest, southern Plains and South to 40s and 50s across the rest of the East, Midwest, Rockies, northern California and the Northwest.

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