Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED 12:15 AM EST, December 11, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
After active weather the past several days, the U.S. will finally get a much-deserved breather from the recent parade of winter storms. Unfortunately, this breather will not apply to the Great Lakes.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.
The winter-weary Northeast will finally get a break from the snow, sleet and freezing rain that paraded through the region on Sunday and Tuesday. Peeks of sunshine will help melt the ice and snow today throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England, but scarves and winter coats will be needed as temperatures struggle to reach the upper 20s and lower 30s.
It will be a different story in the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. A fast-moving arctic cold front will rush into the Great Lakes today, touching off a quick burst of snow. On top of the this burst of snow, the lake-effect snow machine will fire up downwind of all of the Great Lakes, with the snow belts in western New York and the Michigan Upper Peninsula seeing a foot or two of snow. Highs here will be in the teens and lower 20s.
In the wake of the Great Lakes' front, a reinforcing shot of arctic air will mean another day of sub-zero temperatures in the Dakotas, Upper Midwest, Upper Mississippi Valley and even parts of the central Plains. Add in a brisk wind and wind chills will range from 30 to 40 degrees below zero early today. At these wind chills, frostbite and hypothermia will be a real danger if out in the elements for long periods of time.
Although not as cold as the Upper Midwest, the rest of the central Plains, Rockies and Intermountain West will be cold with highs ranging from the teens and 20s in the Plains and Rockies, to the 30s as far south as Oklahoma and northern Texas. The South, Southeast and Gulf Coast will also be chilly. Highs will reach into the 40s, with upper 50s and lower 60s found along the Gulf Coast and the Southeast. All of these locations will see plenty of sunshine.
Meanwhile, the West Coast will be sunny and cool. After a cold start, temperatures will rebound into the 40s and 50s, with the Southwest and southern California seeing lower 60s.
The Sunshine State will be the warm spot today. Highs will be in the lower 80s throughout the southern half of the state, with 70s found throughout the rest of the peninsula. The Florida Panhandle will be in the upper 60s. Sunshine will dominate with a few afternoon showers possible in the northeast corner.
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