|Thursday's Weather Outlook|
3 PM EST, December 11, 2013
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal
|Quiet but cold weather will be in vogue for much of the U.S. on Thursday, but Mother Nature will still have a few tricks up her sleeve. Lake-effect snow will pummel areas downwind of the Great Lakes, while a new Pacific storm slides into the Northwest.|
The biggest weather headline on Thursday will be the cold weather, which will continue from the Upper Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Northern Minnesota and northern New England will only reach the single digits, with teens and 20s in the major cities of the Northern Tier. Residents of Duluth, Minn., Marquette, Mich., and Green Bay, Wis., will want to bundle up Thursday morning, as wind chills drop to minus-20 to minus-30.
The cold air moving over the relatively warm Great Lakes will keep lake-effect snow going across the Michigan Upper Peninsula, western Lower Michigan and western New York. The heaviest accumulations will be near the Soo in Michigan and on the Tug Hill Plateau, where more than a foot of fresh snow could fall.
Meanwhile, a new Pacific storm will rumble into the Northwest, bringing rain to Seattle, and snow to the Olympic and Cascade mountains. A bit of ice or snow could fall along the highway passes, so be prepared if you`re planning to cross on Thursday. Warmer air surging ahead of this storm will push temperatures into the 40s in the valleys, with 20s in the mountains.
Other than scattered snow showers in the mountains of the Southwest and a few showers in Florida, the rest of the U.S. will enjoy a nice day for mid-December. Temperatures will reach the 50s and 60s across the Southwest and from Texas to the Carolinas, while Florida will climb into the 70s. Meanwhile, enjoying a nice thaw will be the Rockies` Front Range, where highs from Glasgow, Mont., to Denver will surge to the upper 50s, some 5 to 10 degrees above average.
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