Ellsworth AFB, SD  57706      12/19/2014
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Today's Weather Outlook
8:30 AM EST, December 19, 2014
By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
The final full workweek of the 2014 before the big Christmas holiday break will end with quite a bit of irksome weather across the U.S.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.
The most widespread unsettled weather will be found across the West, from central and northern California northward into the Pacific Northwest, including the Great Basin, Intermountain West and northern Rockies. A big Pacific storm system will bring heavy rain to the coast and inland valleys, with heavy snow falling over the higher elevations of the Sierras, Cascades, and northern Rockies. Temperatures will range from the 40s and 50s in the valleys, to 30s in the higher elevations.
A second large area of weather trouble will also extend across most of southern and eastern Texas eastward into the Alabama, including the lower Mississippi Valley and Deep South. A developing storm system moving out of southern Texas will trigger heavy rain across the lower Mississippi Valley and western Gulf Coast, with lighter rain found across the rest of the Texas and the South. A few embedded thunderstorms will accompany the heaviest downpours this afternoon. Highs temperatures, with the rainfall, will only reach into the upper 40s to low 50s along the Gulf Coast and eastern Texas.
Outside of a few light snow showers in the Minnesota Arrowhead and western New York, the rest of the U.S. will have a mostly sunny and quiet day. Afternoon temperatures will range from the 20s in northern New England and the northern Plains, to the 70s and low 80s across Florida. A large swath of the Plains, Midwest, Great Lakes, Mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast will see highs in the 30s and low 40s. Slightly warmer 40s and 50s will be found across the Southwest, southern Rockies, southern Plains, Southeast, Carolinas and the southern Mid-Atlantic. Southern California, along with the Southeast and northern California, will see low 60s.
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