Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 12:45 PM March 2, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
The first weekend of March will come in as a proverbial lion as dramatically colder air settles as far south as the Gulf Coast and central Florida. In turn, snow chances will stretch from the Northeast to the Deep South. The warmest weather will hold strong across the West and High Plains.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Residents east of the Mississippi River will be chilled by a deep freeze this weekend. Also accompanying the unseasonable cold will be a few batches of light snow and a wintry mix across parts of the northern Plains, Mid-South, Southeast and Carolinas. Even New England and the Appalachian Spine will pick up some light snow and snow showers today. Thankfully though, accumulations will be more of a nuisance, even in places such as Atlanta and Columbia, S.C.
The mercury will range from the 20s and 30s along the U.S. Northern-Tier to the 40s and 50s as far south as central Florida. The only spots to break the 60-degree plateau will be southern Florida.
Other than some late-day mountain snow across the northern Cascades and Olympic mountains and a bit of valley rain across Washington State, the West into the High Plains will be dominated by plenty of early-March sun and a warming temperature trend. Highs will range from the upper 30s along the Rocky Front Range, to the lower and middle 80s in the Desert Southwest.
The eastern U.S. will remain locked in an unseasonably cold start to March on Sunday. Other than a few pockets of light snow and snow showers rotating across New England and the eastern Great Lakes, the opportunistic weather word will be quiet. Luckily, snowfall will be very light, with only around an inch or two possible at most.
Wintry weather will also fall from the sky on Sunday afternoon across the Dakotas and Minnesota, with a few inches of wet snow blanketing the ground along the Interstates 90 and 94 corridors.
Further west across Montana, the Mountain West and Rocky Front Range, a fast-moving and energetic system will bring a quick burst of snow and valley rain. While the rain will be more of a nuisance, the snow could add up to more than 6 inches across the northern Rocky Front Range. Add in gusty winds, and driving will be difficult, if not impossible at times, with roads becoming snow-covered.
The rest of the lower 48 states will be quiet and full of sunshine and atypical temperatures for early in March. Highs will range from the chilled 20s and 30s along the U.S. Northern-Tier, to the 80s across the Southwest and western Texas Plains on Sunday.
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