|Friday's Weather Outlook|
3 PM EST, December 12, 2013
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
|Winter remains in full-effect across the U.S.'s Northern Tier. Meanwhile, rain will be the main headline in the Mississippi Valley and Southern Plains. |
Wet weather will pack a punch in the Mississippi Valley and Southern Plains as a disturbance brings plenty of rain and even some snow. Showers will douse the eastern Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley during the afternoon and evening hours while further north, the Mid-Mississippi Valley sees a mix of ice and snow that will make for slick roadways for the afternoon commute. Temperatures will range from the 40s and 50s in the Southern Plains to the 20s and 30s in the Mid-Mississippi Valley.
Fresh snow will powder the Northern Tier of the U.S. from the Rockies to the Northeast as an arctic surge pushes in from Canada. Mountain snow will cap the Northern Rockies` peaks while to the west, the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and Northeast bask in widespread snow showers and frigid temperatures. Highs will vary from sub-zero single-digits in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest to the 10s and 20s in the Northeast and Rockies.
Trouble spots in the Pacific Northwest and Southern Rockies will produce late-autumn weather as showers and several mountain snowflakes put a temporary halt on outdoor activities. Rain will drench the Pacific Northwest while scattered showers taper off to snow in the Southern Rockies. Temperatures in the Southern Rockies will be in the 40s, falling into the 30s at higher elevations. The Pacific Northwest will see highs in the upper 40s.
Standard late-autumn weather will be dominant for the rest of the U.S., with a few chilly temperatures and sunny skies prevailing. The Central Plains, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic will stay cool in the 30s while the Southeast warms up into the 40s and 50s. The West Coast and Southwest will see prime outdoor weather with highs in the 60s while Florida warms up into the upper 70s.
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