Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED Midnight EST, February 12, 2014
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
A treacherous mix of ice and snow will keep the Southeast immobilized on Wednesday. On the other side of the U.S., beneficial rain will soak the Pacific Northwest.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
The Southeast will be in for a day of winter weather as a powerful system pushes to the Atlantic coast. Damaging ice accumulations will stretch from northern Alabama, through northern Georgia and into the Carolinas, possibly causing widespread power outages. As temperatures warm to the south, ice will transition into downpours of rain and even a rumble of thunder, soaking the Lower Mississippi Valley, Gulf Coast and Florida. Meanwhile, further north, snow will fall across the Tennessee Valley and southern reaches of the Mid-Atlantic. Highs in the 20s and 30s will be felt in the Mid-Atlantic while the interior Southeast sees temperatures in the mid-30s to 40s. The rest of the Southeast and Florida`s panhandle will be in the 40s and 50s, rapidly rising into the 80s throughout Florida.
Much-needed rainfall will be plentiful in the Pacific Northwest as low pressure moves ashore. Rain will extend from the Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Basin to northern California and the northern Intermountain West, bringing significant relief to the ever-increasing drought plaguing the Western U.S. The northern and central Rockies will not be left out of the mix as mountain snow caps the higher elevations. Temperatures in the Rockies will be in the 30s, rising into the 40s and 50s across the Pacific Northwest, Intermountain West and Northern Great Basin. Northern California will be in the 60s.
Disturbances lingering over the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest will make for a wintry day across the central Northern Tier. A few snow showers will affect the Upper Midwest and Upper Great Lakes while a blast of arctic air arrives in the Northern Plains during the late afternoon and evening. Temperatures will drop into the single-digits in the Upper Midwest, rising into the teens and 20s in the Northern Plains and Upper Great Lakes.
Sunshine will be found in the Southwest, Southern Rockies and Southern Plains. Temperatures across the Southern Plains and Southern Rockies will be in the 40s, 50s and 60s while the Southwest sees highs peaking in the 80s. Chilly temperatures will infiltrate the Northeast and Midwest with widespread highs in the 20s.
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