Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 9:30 AM EST, November 23, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
Frigid temperatures will keep the Northern Tier huddled up indoors as cold Canadian air sweeps into the U.S. this weekend. Meanwhile, a major winter storm will pepper the Southwest into the southern Plains with snow and a potentially dangerous wintry mix of weather.
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A strong upper-level low pressure system swirling across the Desert Southwest will trigger locally heavy rain bands and mountain snow from Arizona and southeastern California into the central and southern Rockies for the start of the weekend. Even western Texas residents will be treated to an unusual visit from Old Man Winter, where a wintry mix of freezing rain and sleet will spread across parts of the Lone Star State late today into tonight.
Further to the east in the warm Gulf of Mexico air from eastern Texas into the Lower Mississippi Valley, the moisture will be squeezed out as heavy downpours today.
Temperatures will range from the 50s and 60s across the Southwest, as well as along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast, to the winter-like 20s, 30s and 40s from the high terrain into western Texas.
The other weather hot spots across the U.S. include the Great Lakes and Southeast into Florida ahead of an Arctic cold front. While it will be the lake-effect snow machine cranking from Upper Michigan into Upstate New York, where several inches of snow will blanket the ground, it will be umbrellas and rain gear needed for Florida residents.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Northern-Tier from the Northwest to Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic will escape the rain and snow-bug, but there will be no shortage of brutally cold air from the northern Plains to the East Coast today.
The mercury will range from the dangerous single digits, teens, and 20s from the central and northern Plains to the Great Lakes, to the chilly-yet 30s and 40s from the Northwest to New England. Only the eastern Carolinas to Florida will be able to squeeze out one more warm day, with temperatures rising into the 60s, 70s, and lower 80s today.
Sunday`s weather will be a duplicate of Saturday`s as cold air continues to burst in from Canada and into the Northern Tier, bringing with it fresh snow showers. Snow will reach from Minnesota`s Arrowhead to the high elevations of the Northeast and along the Lower Great Lakes. Temperatures will struggle to rise out of the teens and 20s, with a few of the bigger cities approaching 30 degrees on Sunday afternoon.
The lingering system in the Southwest will continue to bring an assault of mountain snow, rain and ice from the Desert Southwest into the southern Plains. Snow will be confined to the central and southern Rockies while a potentially dangerous icy mix clobbers northern and central Texas and east New Mexico. Umbrellas will be handy in the Southwest and the rest of the southern Plains as showers show no signs of easing up. Temperatures will be in the 20s and 30s in the Rockies and northern Southern Plains, rising into the 40s in south Texas. The Southwest will see highs in the 60s.
A scattered shower or two will make an appearance in Florida while the remainder of the U.S. sees clear skies. The northern Rockies and central Plains will see highs in the 30s and 40s while the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain West and Southeast stay in the upper 40s and 50s. The West Coast will be in the 60s and Florida will see the mercury rise into the 70s and 80s.
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