|Wednesday Weather Outlook|
UPDATED 3 PM EST, December 10, 2013
UPDATED By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
|After active weather the last several days, the U.S. will get a chance to recover from the recent winter storms. However, this breather will still mean unseasonably cold weather and Great Lakes snow.|
The winter-weary Northeast will finally get a break from the snow, sleet and freezing rain that hit the area two of the last three days. Peeks of sunshine will help melt the ice and snow Wednesday throughout the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England, but scarves and long coats will still be needed as temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 20s and low 30s.
It will be a different story for the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. A fast-moving arctic cold front will push west to east Wednesday, touching off a quick burst of snow. On top of the this burst of snow, the lake-effect snow machine will fire up downwind of all of the Great Lakes, with the snow belts in western New York and the Michigan Upper Peninsula seeing a foot or two of snow. Highs here will be in the teens and low 20s.
Behind the Great Lakes` front, a reinforcing shot of arctic air will mean another day of sub-zero temperatures in the Dakotas, Upper Midwest, Upper Mississippi Valley and even into parts of the central Plains. Add in a brisk wind and Wednesday morning`s wind chills will range from 30 to 40 degrees below zero. At these wind chills, frostbite and hypothermia is a real danger if out in the elements for long periods of time.
Although not as cold as the Upper Midwest, the rest of the central Plains, Rockies and Intermountain West will be cold with highs ranging from the teens and 20s in the Plains and Rockies, to 30s as far south as Oklahoma and northern Texas. The South, Southeast and Gulf Coast will also be chilly. Highs will reach into the 40s, with upper 50s and low 60s found along the Gulf Coast and the Southeast. All of these locations will see plenty of sunshine.
The West Coast, like the South and Southeast, will be sunny and cool. After a cold morning, temperatures will rebound into the 40s and 50s, with the Southwest and southern California seeing low 60s.
The Sunshine State will be the warm spot once again. Highs will be in the low 80s throughout the southern half of the state, with 70s found throughout the rest of the peninsula. The Florida Panhandle will be in the upper 60s. Sunshine will dominate with a few afternoon showers possible in the northeast corner.
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