|Weekend Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 8 AM EDT, May 19, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, John Bateman
|A storm system marching across the U.S. Heartland will bring chances for showers and storms both today and Sunday as Plains warmth slides into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. A spinning system off the Carolina coast will keep the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast unsettled.|
WeatherBug Meteorologist Gretchen Mishek has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.
A cold front will be the focal point for scattered showers and storms as it sweeps through the central U.S. A few storms could be strong or severe across a narrow strip running from Northern Texas to Nebraska, where large hail and strong winds are possible. Otherwise, general thunderstorms will be the rule from the western High Plains to the Upper Midwest. Highs will range from the upper 80s in South Texas, to the 70s in the Dakotas; the cooler upper 60s will be found in Denver.
No cool air will be found in the Southeast where warmth and humidity will reign. A spinning low off of the Carolina coast could keep the coastal areas from Virginia to Florida in intervals of cloud-cover and scattered showers. The rest of the East from Philadelphia northward should be sunny and mild with highs ranging from the 80s in the Southeast to the 70s in New England.
Elsewhere a fine May weekend looks on track. The Great Lakes and Ohio Valley will be mostly sunny with highs mainly in the 80s. The Intermountain West will also see sunshine with highs generally in the 60s and 70s. The West Coast will be sunny and dry with highs in the 60s and 70s along the coast, and 80s and 90s inland. The Southwest will be hot and dry, with highs approaching the triple digits.
The weather won`t change a lot for much of the country on Sunday, with showers and storms dotting the Plains and Midwest, and the heat sliding eastward. There may be a slightly better chance of low clouds and showers along the Mid-Atlantic as a coastal lows sits and spins.
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will once again roam the central U.S. along a cold front, with chances for rain from the Southern Plains to the Canadian border. Behind the front temperatures will cool down for the Dakotas and Upper Midwest; ahead of it, temperatures will remain warm and muggy. Highs will range from the upper 80s in Texas to the 60s and 70s along the Northern Tier.
More scattered showers and thunderstorms will cover Florida and possibly more of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic as we watch a coastal low hover in the region. North of the Mason-Dixon Line, sunshine will be the rule once again to round out the weekend. Temperatures for the East Coast will warm to the upper 80s in Miami, and into the 70s and 80s in the Nation`s Capital northward to New England.
The rest of the country looks tranquil again, with the exceptions of a few showers sneaking into the Pacific Northwest. In general though, the West looks sunny and warm with highs in the 60s and 70s along the coast. Farther inland, temperatures will increase quickly, with 90s and triple digits in the California deserts and Southwest.
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