Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 10 AM EDT, March 10, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
A complex late-season winter storm will bring a plethora of weather from the Great Lakes to the central Gulf Coast today. Everything from accumulating snow to fresh thunderstorms will be the norm. The rest of the U.S. will enjoy plenty of sunshine and a taste of spring fever.
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A late-season winter storm will pepper residents from the Lower Great Lakes to the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coasts with heavy downpours and even a few fresh thunderstorms. Accompanying the stronger thunderstorms along Interstate 10 and 49 across Louisiana will be gusty winds and a brief tornado. Cities from Jackson, Miss., to Alexandria, La., will need to be on the lookout for threatening storms today.
The systems cold-side will cause falling temperatures and rain changing over to snow across the Upper Midwest and Middle Mississippi Valley, with snow and a frozen wintry mix spreading across the central and northern Great Lakes. Several inches of fresh snow and a wintry mix will result in travel headaches from eastern Nebraska and Kansas to northern Michigan.
Temperatures will certainly be un-March-like for much of the central and northern Plains, as well as the Upper Midwest and Middle Mississippi Valley, where teens, 20s and 30s will dominate. In the warm air across the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley, the mercury will climb into the 50s, 60s, and 70s with a few low 80s possible in far southern Texas.
Aside from a few nuisance showers and elevation snow showers across the Pacific Northwest, the rest of the U.S. will revel in plenty of early-March sunshine and warming temperatures.
The Interstate 5 and 10 corridors arcing from the Northwest to the Southwest, as well as from Texas into Florida will enjoy 60s, 70s and even a few low 80s today. Widespread 50s and 60s will climb all the way up the Appalachian Spine, with 70s dominating the Southeast and Tennessee and Ohio valleys. The only places staying on the cool-side will be New England and the Mountain West, where 40s will be common.
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