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Today's Weather Outlook
12:15 AM EST, December 26, 2014
By WeatherBug's Tim Barnes
Those brand new sweaters, snow shovels, and umbrellas will be put to good use across the Central U.S. today, as cold, wet and snowy weather eases back into the nation`s midsection.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.
The Central U.S. will be in for a wintry treat today, as the storm system that piled snow across the Rockies and the northern Plains moves further eastward. Snow will continue to pile up across the central and southern Rockies, while advancing eastward into the Missouri Valley and Upper Midwest. Heavier accumulations of snow will stick to the highest elevations of the central Rockies and Utah`s Wasatch Mountains. A mix of snow, rain, and ice will brush across a broad band stretching from southeastern New Mexico and northwestern Texas, up into southeastern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Michigan Peninsula, while cold temperatures push further southeast into the Central U.S. Light-to-moderate rain will sprinkle from eastern Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley, northeastward into the Mid-Mississippi Valley and the Upper Great Lakes, where warmer temperatures stick around throughout the day.
A pleasantly mild day will be in store for the East and the West, with only a few spots of messy weather. The only spot in the East will be a few light showers brushing across Florida`s east coast. Meanwhile, fresh Pacific moisture will bring light rain to Washington`s coast, with light flurries across the northern Cascades and the Northern Rockies.
Extremely frigid highs in the 10s and 20s will be found across the higher elevations of the Intermountain West and the Rockies, while sweeping through the Central Plains into the Dakotas. Cold highs in the 30s and 40s spread from the Pacific Northwest, the Sierras and the Mogollon Rim northeastward into the Upper Mississippi Valley, Great Lakes, and the Northeast. Mild 50s and 60s will be found across California, and the Desert Southwest, as well as from the Southern Plains and the Mid-Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. Highs in the 70s and 80s will keep the Rio Grande Valley and the Florida Peninsula nice and warm to finish off the workweek.
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