Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 10 AM EST, February 23, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
The recent active weather streak will continue without hesitation this weekend. The big weather stories will be an East Coast low bringing rain and wintry weather along the Eastern Seaboard, with yet another fresh storm poised to drop snow along its journey from the Northwest to central Plains.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Residents along the Interstate 95 and 10 corridors will need to have the umbrella and rain gear handy if venturing outdoors to start the weekend. Not only will it be a soggy start, but the rain will be attached to a few thunderstorms as well for places such as Tallahassee and Jacksonville, Fla., as well as Savannah, Ga.
All that Atlantic and Gulf moisture will spread through the interior Northeast and New England, where everything from a wintry mix of sleet and ice to snow will blanket the ground. The snow could add up to a few inches from Hartford, Conn., to Boston, making travel slick. Travel will even be treacherous along Interstates 81, 84, 87, and 90 across New England.
The other big weather-grabbing headline will be the expansion of a fresh Northwest storm rolling across the Rocky Front Range and Mountain West. Several inches of snow accumulation could make travelling a bit difficult from Washington State and eastern Oregon to the western slopes of the Colorado Rockies.
Other than a few snow showers across the Great Lakes, the Central U.S., Desert Southwest and much of California will enjoy dry weather.
Highs will range from the 30s and 40s from the Northwest through the Great Basin across the Central U.S. to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Interstate 5 through California, the Southwest, southern Plains and Deep South will warm into the 50s, 60s and 70s. Even a few 80s will warm the Sunshine State.
The weather grabbing headlines to end the last weekend in February will be a pair of storms, one slowly departing the New England Coast and the other emerging onto the south-central Plains. Both will carry a burst of winter weather with them. By the time they wind down, snowfall accumulations could approach a half foot in New England, with a touch more than that expected across the Colorado Rockies.
Even the Pacific Northwest will have a bit of valley rain and mountain snow to contend with on Sunday.
The only other weather hiccup across the U.S. will be found from the Texas Gulf Coast to Florida, where a wavering front will trigger isolated to scattered showers and even a few thunderstorms. Thankfully, it won`t be an all-day washout, but the rain could throw a wrench into outdoor activities.
The rest of the Lower 48 states will enjoy a deep blue sky and a lack of frigid late-February air.
Cooler 20s and 30s will chill the northern tier while warmer 50s take up residence along the West Coast and from the Texas Panhandle into the Mid-Atlantic. Texas, the Deep South, Southeast and Florida will warm into the 60s and 70s on Sunday.
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