Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 9:45 AM EDT, March 12, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
The second day of the work week will bring stormy weather to the East and Northwest with a noticeable chill seeping into the Northern Plains, Midwest and Ohio Valley.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
A cold front on the move out of the Tennessee and Ohio valleys will bring soggy weather to the East Coast through the morning. Windshield wipers will be needed from Portland, Maine, to Miami. An inch of rain will accelerate the snow melting process in New England where quite a bit of snow cover remains on the ground. This will lead to rapid runoff and flooding problems.
Farther south, the rain will be more of a nuisance in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Skies will begin to clear by afternoon.
Cold air wrapping in behind the front and moving across the still relatively warmer Great Lakes will bring the perfect recipe for lake-effect snow to the Upper Great Lakes. Marquette, Mich., could see 1 to 3 inches.
The only other weather hiccup will be in the Northwest. Pacific moisture will top a strong high pressure ridge anchored across the West with coastal and valley rain in western Washington with snow cresting the highest northern Cascade peaks.
Blue skies will dominate the remainder of the West, Southern Plains and Deep South while gusty northerly winds and flurries keep the Upper Mississippi Valley in winter mode.
Temperatures will be a touch cooler than average in the Northern Plains, Upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes with readings in the 30s and 40s. Typical 30s and 40s will also be found in the Mountain West, Midwest and Ohio Valley.
Warmer 50s, 60s and 70s will embrace the West, Southern Plains and Deep South. The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will also hang onto one more day of above average temperatures with 50s and 60s. Only the interior portions of New England will hold in the 40s.
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