Today's Weather Outlook
UPDATED Midnight EST, March 3, 2014
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
A disruptive, late-season winter storm will bring quite a mess to the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast today. Another disturbance forming in the Northern Tier will bring a bout of snow to the Northern Plains.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Miranda Hilger has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
Heavy snow, sleet and even some ice will be thrown into the wintry weather mix that will slam the Eastern U.S. Early morning sleet and freezing rain will make for a chaotic commute for the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. The wintry mix will change to snow by mid-morning and will persist into the afternoon. Snow will be heavy at times, piling up to possibly ten inches across central Maryland, Washington, D.C., and the northeastern Ohio Valley. Mountainous locations of the Appalachians could also see relatively high snow totals. A perilous pocket of ice will create slippery roadways in the southern Mid-Atlantic as well. Temperatures will range from the 20s in the northern and central Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley to the 30s in the southern Mid-Atlantic and Tennessee Valley.
The same system producing winter hazards in the Mid-Atlantic will bring plenty of rain to the Southeast. Rain will extend from the Carolinas to the interior Southeast and the Florida panhandle. A rumble of thunder will not be out of the question as well as temperatures rise into the upper 60s and 70s. The remainder of Florida will remain mostly dry as highs rise into the 80s.
Light snow will add a fresh blanket to the snowpack in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest as a disturbance is accompanied by a batch of arctic air. Snow will extend from central Montana to western Minnesota as highs plummet into the single-digits.
A plethora of rain and mountain snow will be in the works for the Northwestern U.S. as copious Pacific moisture finds its way inland. Downpours of rain will soak the Pacific Northwest coast, extending down into northern California and the Northern Great Basin. Mountain snow will fall throughout the Northern Rockies, Central Rockies and the elevated locations of the Cascades. Highs in the 30s will be felt across the Rockies while the Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Basin rise into the 40s and 50s.
Sunshine will bring a nice day to the rest of the U.S. Chilly temperatures will infiltrate the Northeast, Midwest and Plains, dropping highs into the teens and 20s from the Great Lakes to northern Texas. Southern Texas and the Intermountain West will stay in the mild 50s while the Southwest warms into the 60s and 70s.
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