|Today's Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 8 AM EDT, March 11, 2012
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen
|Much like the start of the weekend, the main weather story will focus on two storm systems impacting the U.S. today. The first will include more downpours and a few fresh thunderstorms in the Central U.S., while another one strikes the Pacific Northwest. |
WeatherBug Meteorologist Bryan Karrick has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook Video.
Almost a carbon copy of Saturday`s weather will be on full display for the Lower 48 states today. Heavy downpours and embedded thunderstorms will expand from the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast all the way to Iowa. While thunderstorms won`t reach severe limits for the Mid-Mississippi Valley, a few fresh ones will bubble and roll across the Ark-La-Tex and extreme southern Missouri Valley. The storms will pack a punch with large hail and damaging wind gusts in addition to isolated tornadoes. Places like Little Rock, Ark., and Shreveport, La., will need to keep an eye to the sky this afternoon.
A Pacific storm plaguing the Northwest will spin into western Canada, but its southern edge will still rake the Northwest to the northern Rockies. Bursts of heavy rain will slide across the Interstate 5 corridor in western Washington and Oregon, while the Cascades, Bitterroot Range and northern Sierra Nevada see a fresh blanket of snow.
Those looking for a superb ending to the second weekend in March will need to head to the Great Basin, Desert Southwest and from the Great Lakes to the Eastern Seaboard. Here, the longer day will mean the unusually warm weather will continue under plenty of early-March sunshine.
Temperatures across the U.S. will resemble that of late-spring as opposed to late-winter. Only the West Coast, Rocky Front Range, northern Great Lakes and northern New England will see the mercury top out in the 40s and 50s. The Desert Southwest and northern High Plains to the Mid-South and Southeast will see warm 60s and 70s, with south Florida hitting the lower 80s.
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