Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 9:30 AM EDT, May 11, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
A strong front sweeping across the East will be the big weather highlight of the weekend. Stormy skies in the East will be replaced by a much cooler, drier trend in time for Mother`s Day. Large stretches of the Plains will have a quiet weather pattern while soggy weather arrives in the Northwest.
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A sharp cold front will slice across the East to start the weekend. Showers and storms will line large stretches of Interstate 95 from New England to the Gulf Coast. A few storms in the eastern Carolinas and southern Mid-Atlantic will bring large hail and gusty winds.
Outdoor plans along the Gulf Coast, Florida and Texas will have to be brought inside today. The same front will bring a plethora of afternoon and evening showers and storms. A second reinforcing front will spark a few afternoon showers from the Great Lakes to the Mid-Mississippi Valley.
Other than a few afternoon showers in the Rockies, the West will largely remain rain-free. The only exception will be the eastern fringes of a Pacific cold front that will drive in a few showers to western Washington.
The cool spot will be the Northern Plains to Great Lakes where 40s, 50s and 60s will dominate. Warmer 70s and 80s will stretch across much of the West, Southern Tier and East Coast.
The sun will warm the California valleys and Southwest well into the 90s.
Much cooler, drier air will replace today`s muggy and stormy weather in the East to close out the weekend. Far northern New England and Florida will be the exception to the rule. Here, a few afternoon showers will spit out a few hundredths of an inch of rain in Maine, southern New Hampshire and eastern Massachusetts. Meanwhile, afternoon scattered storms will return in the warm, humid Florida air.
High pressure will bring mothers across the Central U.S. a splendid day with sunshine stretching from Houston to Minneapolis. The only other weather hiccups on Sunday: a few showers could rain on outdoor plans from the Texas Panhandle into the Rockies and across the Northwest but most of this activity will be short-lived.
Chilly 40s and 50s will rule, with even a few upper 30s not out of the question across the northern Great Lakes. Temperatures will only climb into the 60s and 70s across much of the Plains and from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. Warmer 70s and 80s will be found from Florida to the Texas Rio Grande Valley and for much of the West.
Toasty 90s and even a few triple-digit readings will remind residents in the Desert Southwest and southern California that summer is just a month away.
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