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Friday's Weather Outlook
3 PM EST, January 29, 2015
By WeatherBug's Tim Barnes
The wild week continues to ramp up across the Southwest and Northeast Friday, promising to not let January end quietly.
Treacherous weather conditions are expected to swamp the Southwest Thursday night through Friday, as Pacific moisture barrels through the Southwest into the southern and central Plains. Heavy, flooding rains will pour across the lower elevations of the Central Great Basin, the Southwest Desert Valley and Southeastern California, making their way into the southern and central Great Plains by late Friday. A clap of thunder of two will be possible across southern Arizona late Friday.
Towards the higher elevations of the Southwest, a wintery mix of cold rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow will be possible across the eastern Arizona, New Mexico and western Texas. Heavy mountain snow will be confined to the higher elevations of the Southern Rockies.
A second helping of snow will wash across the northeast U.S. Friday, along with chilly temperatures and gusty winds. Lake-effect snow will churn across the Great Lakes Friday as the system off the Atlantic coasts chugs across New England. A helping of snow will be fall across the central Appalachians and the Northeast over Friday, as the system stride towards the eastern coast of Canada.
Overnight a few light snow showers will begin to move in across the northern tier of Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota.
Highs will moderate across the U.S. compared to earlier this week, reminding many that winter is still here. Frigid 10s and 20s will sweep from the Upper Mississippi Valley to the Interior Northeast, with cool 30s and 40s following in the frigid wake from North Dakota to the coastal Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Cool 30s and 40s will also be found across the higher elevations of the Mountain West, with milder 50s and 60s sweeping across the valleys of the Intermountain West, Pacific Northwest and Northern California, as well as from the northern High Plains and the central and southern Great Plains to the Southeast.
Highs in the 70s and lower 80s will continue to bring warm pleasant weather to the Florida Peninsula, Texas`s Rio Grande Valley, central and southern California and the Desert Southwest.
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