Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 10 AM EDT, April 13, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
Outdoor plans may be postponed across large stretches of the Northern and Southern Tier this weekend as the active weather pattern continues full throttle. The Northwest to Northern Plains will be dealing with snow while rain and storms pelt the Gulf Coast and Deep South.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
A strong cold front will swoop across the Northwest bringing rain to Interstate 5 and snow into the Cascades and Northern Rockies. Snow will start to slide into the Dakotas after sunset. As much as a half foot of snow will have residents in western Montana and the Idaho Panhandle breaking out the snow plows and shovels.
Leftover snow, sleet and freezing rain will be on the weather menu in the northern Great Lakes and northern New England in the morning. By the afternoon, lingering clouds and snow showers will still make it feel like winter although no additional accumulation is expected.
Otherwise, a few showers and storms will darken the skies along the Texas Gulf Coast and central and southern Florida today. Sunshine will be abundant from California into the Southwest and through much of the Plains, Tennessee Valley, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.
High temperatures will stay in the 30s and 40s from the Cascades into the Northern Rockies and from the eastern Dakotas into the Great Lakes and New England. More pleasant spring-like 50s, 60s and 70s will take up real estate along and south of Interstates 70 and 80. A few 90s will warm southern California and southern Arizona.
The big weather headline to wrap up the weekend will be the heavy late-season snow sweeping across the Northern Plains. Much of Interstate 94 will be digging out of 6 inches to a foot of snow by Monday morning. Strong northwest winds wrapping around the low pressure emerging from the Mountain West will make travel difficult due to developing blizzard conditions.
A bit of a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will grip the Minnesota Arrowhead and Upper Great Lakes.
The southerly winds ahead of the Northern Plains storm will bring heavy showers north from the Gulf Coast into the Deep South on Sunday. Places like New Orleans, Jackson, Miss., Birmingham, Ala., and Atlanta will have a soggy day. A few heavier thunderstorms could produce gusty winds. The rain will be more scattered across northern and central Florida.
Temperatures will be a near carbon-copy of today across the U.S. The warmest readings will be found from California to Florida and the Carolinas, where 70s, 80s and even a few 90s will be common. The northern Plains to northern New England will be coolest with widespread 30s, 40s and 50s, with 60s the common denominator in between.
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