Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 7:45 AM EDT, March 16, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
A bit of unsettled weather will chug into the East this weekend as a storm system drapes itself across the Ohio Valley. The Southwest will continue to sizzle.
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A cold front will cross the Great Lakes, spreading a rain and snow mix from Chicago to Detroit. At the same time, a warm front will extend into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, bringing a bit of snow to the higher terrain of the interior Northeast, with rain in the Mid-Atlantic, Ohio and Tennessee valleys.
Meanwhile, another storm will cruise into the Northwest, bringing rain and mountain snow from Oregon and Washington into the western Dakotas.
Sunshine will remain in firm control of the southern tier, with high pressure stretching from California to Florida.
Very mild temperatures will remain the norm across the South, with highs reaching the 70s, 80s, and even 90s from California to Texas. Even the Carolinas will see highs above 70 degrees. Meanwhile, northern residents will be chilly, with the coldest readings found in the Dakotas and Upper Midwest. Here, teens and 20s will be common, with the mercury ranging from the 20s to 40s from the central Plains to Mid-Atlantic and New England.
The second half of the weekend will see the cold front stall out from the central Plains through the Mid-Atlantic. Umbrellas and rain gear will be handy items to have near-by from the Missouri Valley into parts of the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, with nuisance-variety showers in the Mid-Atlantic and Ozarks.
At the same time, a new and powerful winter-like storm will roll onto the Dakotas, bringing a heavy and wind-whipped snow from the northern Rocky Front Range into the northern High Plains on Sunday. Not only will travel be difficult, if not impossible, near-zero visibilities could produce blizzard conditions over Montana and Wyoming, with the western Dakotas possibly seeing similar conditions Sunday evening.
Across the South, Sunday will be a replica of Saturday. Stubborn high pressure arcing through the U.S. southern-tier will produce uninterrupted sunshine from California all the way to the Carolinas.
Sunday will be nearly identical to Saturday temperature-wise. The warmest temperatures will be found across the Southwest and Texas, where 70s, 80s and even a few 90s are expected. On the other hand, the coldest readings will be found from Montana to New England, where chilly teens, 20s and 30s will have residents wondering when spring will actually arrive.
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