|Thursday Weather Outlook|
2:30 PM EST, December 18, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Matthew Mehallow
|Quiet weather will be the story as most of the U.S. will continue to enjoy a breather from the recent active weather pattern. However, there will still be a few trouble spots in the central and northern Rockies where snow is set to make a return and in southern California and the Great Lakes where showers are on the weather menu.|
A brief reprieve from the Arctic will be short-lived as a winter storm plows into the Rockies and northern Plains Thursday. The combination of a fresh Arctic air mass and plentiful moisture will set the stage for accumulating snowfall from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Billings, Mont., and Rapid City, S.D. Highs will only climb into the teens and 20s from the Intermountain West through the Dakotas and Minnesota.
As the storm moves out of the central Rockies on Thursday, rain and a bit of snow will spread eastward into the Midwest and Great Lakes. From Omaha, Neb., to Milwaukee and Chicago, highs in the 20s and 30s will be common.
On the flip side, residents from the central Plains to the Southeast will be greeted by spring-time temperatures and abundant sunshine as highs continue to moderate and end up well-above normal. From Dallas to Memphis, Tenn., and Atlanta, 60s and 70s will be norm.
After a succession of winter storms during the past week, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic will see a return to more seasonal temperatures along with dry weather. Highs in the upper 30s and 40s will reign from Portland, Maine, to New York City while middle and upper 50s will rule the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic. The Pacific Northwest will deal with below-normal temperatures in the 30s and 40s while farther south along the California Coast, a few showers will dampen the day as highs struggle into the 50s and 60s. The Southwest will see sunny skies along with gusty winds as highs surge into the 60s and 70s.
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