|Today's Weather Outlook|
9 AM EST, December 5, 2013
By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, James West
|Winter will be in full swing across most of the U.S. today, with even usually warm and pleasant California getting a burst of cold weather. Snow, ice, and arctic temperatures are some of the winter weather that will be found across the U.S.|
WeatherBug Meteorologist Todd Nelson has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.
A strong and very long cold front stretching from eastern Canada all of the way to Texas will be the impetus for today`s big, bad winter weather. Along the front, a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow will fall from northern Texas into the lower Ohio Valley and eastern Plains. The freezing rain will produce significant icing from northeast Texas into the lower Ohio Valley, making travel treacherous. Temperatures will be in the upper 20s and low 30s there.
Rain will fall across the Southeast and into the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast later in the day as temperatures here on the warm side of the cold front reach into the 60s and 70s across the Southeast and 40s and 50s in the Northeast. Florida, in bright sunshine will be in the low to mid-80s.
On the flip side of the front, an arctic air invasion will mean much of the Rockies, western and northern Plains and upper Midwest will struggle to reach the zero mark after morning lows of 10 to 20 degrees below zero. Parts of northeastern Minnesota will not reach minus-10 this afternoon. The rest of the Central Plains and western Great Lakes will only see highs ranging from the teen to low 20s, with a few places of the Midwest reaching 30s degrees.
The western third of the U.S. will not be immune to the spate of cold weather either. Highs will range from a chilly 60 degrees in San Diego and extreme southern Arizona to 20s and low 30s across the Great Basin, and interior Northwest. Coastal California will be in the 40s and 50s, with the Northwest coast seeing chilly mid-30s and low 40s. The only side benefit of the cold will be plenty of clear skies across the West.
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