Today's Weather Outlook
9:15 AM EST, November 26, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
The weather today will have a bit of every season, in a weather sense, with a massive storm packing downpours, a few fresh thunderstorms, and a wintry mess from Florida and the Gulf Coast to Upstate New York.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.
A large and strengthening low-pressure system will emerge onto the northeastern Gulf Coast today, causing travel headaches from Louisiana to Florida, extending northward into Upstate New York. The Interstate 81 corridor along the Appalachian Spine, as well as Interstates 26 and 40 across western North Carolina will see a messy and dangerous wintry concoction of freezing rain and sleet before changing over to a chilly rain on Tuesday afternoon and evening. Places from Asheville, N.C., to Hagerstown, Md., and Williamsport, Pa., could all see up to one-quarter inch of ice on top of a slushy inch or two of snow.
Even a bit of morning snow, sleet, and freezing rain may complicate travel plans as far east as Interstate 95 in the Mid-Atlantic. Further north from eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania into Upstate New York, moisture being flung northward from the Atlantic Ocean will be squeeze out as moderate to heavy snow. Several inches of snow will cause travel headaches here, while gusty winds will reduce visibility and whip the snowflakes about as they fall.
Meanwhile, in the warmer air east of the system there will be very heavy downpours capable of causing localized flooding and even a few fresh lines of powerful thunderstorms from Florida and the northeast Gulf Coast into the Carolinas and Delmarva Peninsula. Tallahassee, Fla., Dothan, Ala., Charleston, S.C., and Wilmington, N.C., residents will all need to keep an eye out for thunderstorms packing gusty winds and an isolated tornado or two.
The only other weather blemish across the Eastern U.S. will be found across the northern Great Lakes in association with a quick-moving Alberta Clipper system. It will blanket northern Wisconsin into Michigan with a few inches of fluffy, fresh snow.
It will be a completely different weather story all-together west of the Mississippi River today. Not only will there practically not be a cloud in the sky, temperatures will warm up as well. The only exception to that rule will be across the Plains, where the current mid-winter preview won`t ease at all.
Temperatures will be coldest from northeastern Montana into the central Appalachians and Northeast, where teens, 20s, and 30s will dominate. The Interstate 95 cities from Richmond, Va., to Boston will top out in the lower 40s very late in the day.
The warm spots will be California, the Desert Southwest, and from Florida to the eastern Carolinas, with 60s, 70s, and a few lower 80s expected. In between, 40s and 50s will be the rule, except middle to upper 30s will blanket much of the Rocky Front Range today.
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