Weekend Weather Outlook
UPDATED 8 AM EST, February 22, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
Cold, crisp air will make a triumphant return to the Northern Tier of the U.S. this weekend. With only a handful of trouble spots, the final weekend of February will be quite tranquil.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Addison Green has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.
After a recent springtime tease in the temperature department, chilly Arctic air will rear its ugly head across the northern Plains, where temperature will struggle to climb out of the single digits and teens. Even the Midwest, central Plains and interior New England will feel a winter chill with the mercury staying in the teens, 20s and 30s. On top of all that, a few snowflakes and rain drops will fall across the Ohio Valley and eastern Great Lakes for the start of the final weekend in February.
Meanwhile, a front parked over the Rockies will provide another bout of fresh mountain snow along the Montana High Plains and northern and central Rocky Front Range. A few afternoon showers will be thrown into the mix for the Pacific Northwest as well. Temperatures will range from the teens and 20s in the mountains, to the 30s and 40s in the Pacific Northwest.
The only other trouble spot will be in central Florida, where showers will help to cool down residents as temperatures rise into the upper 70s and 80s. Even the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast will see seasonably mild temperatures today. Highs will range from the 50s, 60s and 70s south of the Mason-Dixon Line, to the 40s and 50s along Interstate 95 in southern New England.
Bitterly cold air will patrol the U.S. Northern-Tier with stiff northwesterly breezes driving temperatures into the dangerously cold single digits and teens for highs from Montana into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Even a few places along the U.S. and Canada border will be lucky to sniff the zero degree mark on Sunday afternoon. Old Man Winter won`t let up there, instead producing highs below freezing from parts of the central Plains into the eastern Great Lakes and northern New England.
Much like Saturday, a stalled Arctic front will serve as the catalyst for bursts of snow north of the front to a few rain showers south of it arcing from the Pacific Northwest to Nebraska, as well as from the Ohio Valley into southern New England. Thankfully, the snow and rain will be more of a nuisance, with only a few inches likely in the highest peaks along the Rocky Front Range. Temperatures will top out in the 40s, 50s and lower 60s south of the front, to the 20s and 30s just to the north of it.
The only other trouble spot will be along the Gulf Coast, Southeast and Florida. Here, residents will need to break out the umbrellas and rain ponchos. The mercury will warm into the 70s while southern Florida climbs into the 80s.
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