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Houston, TX  77019      12/18/2014
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Today's Weather Outlook
8 AM EST, December 18, 2014
By WeatherBug's Tim Barnes
An active weather pattern continues today, bringing weather troubles to the nation`s northern corners, as well as the southern tier.
WeatherBug Meteorologist Rob Koch has the latest in his exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook video.
The Northeast will see more snow and a few patches of rain cross the region, as a storm system pushes off the coast. Lake-effect snow will create a fresh dusting along the eastern Great Lakes, while Interior New England will be just cool enough to maintain snowfall throughout the day. A few patches of light rain may develop along the New England coast as temperatures rise throughout the day.
The Central U.S. will see a plethora of weather coming their way today, as Gulf moisture surges back into the South. Leftover moisture from Wednesday will create concerns for a wintery mix of rain, snow and ice from the Central Plains into the Tennessee Valley this morning. Meanwhile, fresh Gulf moisture will resurge back into the Southern Plains, striking up heavy rain and a chance for strong thunderstorms from south-central Texas to the Lower Mississippi Valley. The strongest thunderstorms are expected to remain along the Texas Big Bend, where severe hail could occur as these storms develop tonight.
The Rockies will see spotty light snow grace its peaks today, while light rain treks across the southern valleys of Arizona and New Mexico. Fresh Pacific moisture will wash into the Northwest coast tonight, bringing with it heavy rain from coastal Washington to Northern California, while reinvigorating snow along the Cascades and further eastward in the higher elevations of the northern Great Basin.
Frigid highs in the teens and 20s will continue to chill from the Dakotas to the Upper Great Lakes, while scattering across the peaks of the Rockies. Cold 30s and 40s will swamp the northern tier of the U.S., stretching from the Cascades and the Sierras eastward into the Northeast.
Moderate 50s will appear in the Intermountain valleys in the Mountain West, while 50s and 60s will sweep across the West Coast, as well as stretching in a thin band from the interior Southwest to the Mid-Atlantic. Warm 70s will appear across the southern deserts of California and the Southwest, as well as across the southern tier from Texas to the coastal Southeast. Highs in the 80s will keep the Gulf coast of Texas and the Florida Peninsula nice and warm into the latter half of the week.
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