Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 8:45 AM EST, January 30, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
The strong cold front responsible for severe weather in the nation`s midsection Tuesday will lumber to the East Coast with flooding downpours and gusty thunderstorms today. Not to be left out, heavy snow in its wake will blanket the Great Lakes with more rain and snow dominating the Northwest.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.
Rain and dangerous thunderstorms will wake up residents in the Ohio and Tennessee valleys and Deep South to kick off the day. A few will contain gusty winds. The front will then charge to the Atlantic Coast by dinner time. More heavy downpours and severe storms with destructive winds and a few tornadoes will break out along and ahead of the front from the Appalachians to the Atlantic Coast by nightfall.
Cold air will pour in behind the front with enough moisture left to produce blizzard-like conditions in the Great Lakes. Places like Grand Rapids, Mich., and Milwaukee could measure a few slushy inches of snow. The jackpot will be Michigan`s Upper Peninsula, where more than 6 inches of wind-whipped fresh snow is expected.
Pacific moisture traveling around the periphery of a high pressure ridge anchored just off the West Coast will send snow showers across the Cascades, northern Wasatch and Rockies. Meanwhile, showers will scoot across the northern flank of Interstate 5 in Washington and Oregon.
Much of California, the Great Basin, Southwest and Central U.S. will enjoy a quiet weather day with a good deal of sunshine.
Temperatures will hover around minus-10 degrees in the northern Plains but wind chills will dip as low as minus-30 degrees today. Teens and 20s will be common from the northern Rockies into the western Great Lakes.
Monday`s sultry 60s will be a thing of the past in the Mid-Mississippi Valley and central Plains. Instead, a powerful cold front will bring back more typical 30s and 40s. Similar temperatures will greet the Mountain West.
Unseasonably warm 60s and 70s will filter into the East with only northern New England staying in the 40s and 50s. Meanwhile, a pleasant day is ahead for California, the Southwest and southern Plains where highs will reach the 60s. A few spots like Brownsville, Texas, and the southern Rio Grande Valley could briefly touch 80 degrees.
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