Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED Midnight EST, February 21, 2014
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
Booming thunderstorms will continue to march across the Eastern U.S. as the work week comes to a close. Meanwhile, winter`s fury will remain prominent across the Midwest and Great Lakes.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mischek has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
A change to the weather pattern will be present in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast today as downpours of rain will soak much of the coastal Southeast and Mid-Atlantic as a vigorous cold front steamrolls the Eastern U.S. Thunderstorms, some possibly severe, will stretch from the Delmarva Peninsula to Florida`s Panhandle, sparking the possibility of strong, damaging winds and locally heavy rainfall. The chill of winter will be completely absent as temperatures rise into the 60s and 70s along the southern half of the East Coast. Florida will be even warmer, rising into the mid 80s.
Residents of the Northeast will want to keep their rain gear close by as showers persist throughout the day. Rain boots will be especially important as melting snow and heavy rain combine to cause possible flooding. An icy mix will also be thrown into the weather menu in the northern corridors of Maine. Temperatures will be in the 40s across New England, with northern Maine dropping into the 30s.
Winter will be pushed out of the majority of the U.S., except for the Great Lakes, where low pressure will produce plenty of snowfall this morning in the Upper Midwest. Coupled with high winds, blowing snow in the morning will drop visibility across the region. Snow will extend from Minnesota`s Arrowhead, through northeast Wisconsin and into most of Michigan. Temperatures will plummet into the bone-chilling single-digits and teens across the Upper Midwest and eastern Northern Plains. Highs will rise into the 20s and 30s in the rest of the Midwest and Great Lakes.
Mountain snow will add a fresh layer to the Rockies as a disturbance parks over the Northern Plains. Snow will reach from the western Northern Plains to the Northern and Central Rockies. Highs will be in the 20s and 30s in the Rockies and Northern Plains while the Pacific Northwest feels highs in the 40s.
Sunny skies will be seen far and wide across the remainder of the U.S. Temperatures in the 60s will stretch from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Central Plains while the Southern Plains and Southwest heat up into the 70s and low 80s.
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