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Weather Roundup: National Forecast Nov. 18

18 Nov 2014, 5:32 am

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Northeast

After a sloppy Monday across virtually the entire region, cooler but drier air moves in for most everyone, with one notable exception. Boston and New York will both struggle to hit the freezing mark for a high on Tuesday, and that cold air stays in place for most of the work week. A major lake effect snow event starts up on Tuesday for Buffalo, with the city itself likely looking at 3-6″ of snow by Thursday morning, although areas just south of the city (Dunkirk, Hamburg, Fredonia) possibly picking up as much as two feet of snow in the same time period. Watertown, New York and the Tughill Plateau will also receive similar lake effect snows over the next two days.

(FORECAST: New York | Boston | Buffalo | Burlington)

East Central

Monday’s storms clear out for Tuesday, leaving behind a significantly cooler and drier air mass in its place. Highs across the region will be bitterly cold on Tuesday, with highs in the 20s and 30s for most of the area, warming into the 40s and low 50s for Wednesday. Clear skies should rule until at least Friday, with gradually warming temperatures in the meantime.

(FORECAST: Washington D.C. | Richmond | Philadelphia | Baltimore)

(FORECAST: Nashville | Raleigh | Charlotte | Louisville)

Southeast

Very chilly air moves in overnight behind the cold front, with freeze watches and warnings extending deep into north Florida. After highs mostly in the 30s and 40s (with the exception of south Florida), things gradually warm up under clear skies. The work week looks dry.

(FORECAST: Birmingham | Atlanta | Tampa | Miami)

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South

Very cold on tap for the overnight hours in the South. Many locations in Oklahoma and Arkansas will dip into the mid-teens and freezing temperatures are likely as far south as Laredo, Texas. With mostly sunny skies, highs in Texas and Louisiana will rebound into the 40s and 50s. While Oklahoma and Louisiana will only make it into the 30s and low 40s.

(FORECAST: Forth Worth | Austin | Little Rock | New Orleans)

Central Plains

High pressure at the surface will keep dry and generally clear skies in the forecast across all of the Central Plains today. After a cold morning, temperatures will warm up some compared to the last few days ahead of the region’s next cold front. Much of the region will start today off with temperatures in the single digits and teens. Extreme northern Iowa and Nebraska may see temps this morning a few degrees below zero. Expect highs today in the 20s/30s east in Iowa and Missouri and 30s/40s west across much of Nebraska and Kansas.

(FORECAST: Wichita | Kansas City | Omaha | Des Moines)

Great Lakes

Lake Effect Snow Advisories and Warnings will continue today for northern Wisconsin, the U.P. of Michigan, and the northeast corner of Ohio. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories will also continue for Lower Michigan. Heavy snow is likely in all of these areas as a low pressure system moves to the northeast. The rest of the region will see a mixture of sun and clouds, with cool air hanging around for a few more days. Lows this morning will be in the single digits and teens. A few spots in Minnesota could be at or below zero. High temperatures will only reach the teens and 20s.

(FORECAST: Minneapolis | Milwaukee | Chicago | Detroit)

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High Plains

High pressure will keep skies clear this morning before a trof of low pressure moves in from the north this afternoon. Cloud cover and light snow are possible along the trof as it moves southeast into tonight. Increasing wind speed near the trof have prompted a Wind Advisory for a few counties in Montana through this afternoon. Temperatures this morning will be in the single digits and teens above and below zero. Afternoon highs will range from the teens to the 30s.

(FORECAST: Pierre | Bismarck | Cody | Billings)

Four Corners

The Four Corners can expect another day of sunshine with high pressure at the surface keeping the region nice and dry for today. It’ll be cold out in the morning, but relatively comfortable in most spots this afternoon. Expect low in the teens/20s across much of the lower elevations of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico. Morning lows will be in the 30s/40s in Southern Arizona. Most spots in Utah and Colorado will top out in the 30s/40s this afternoon with 40s/50s across much of New Mexico. Afternoon highs in the 70s will be confined to southern and southwestern parts of Arizona.

(FORECAST: Denver | Albuquerque | Phoenix | Salt Lake City)

California/Nevada

Gusty winds will continue in southern California today, keeping high fire danger around. A Red Flag Warning will continue through this afternoon. High pressure will keep much of the region clear and sunny today. But a quick heads up, a cold front will move in off the coast overnight bringing chances for rain and higher elevation snow into Wednesday. Look for morning lows to range anywhere from the single digits in northern Nevada to the 50s along the coast. Afternoon highs will reach the 40s and 50s inland, with 60s and 70s along the coast and in the desert.

(FORECAST: Las Vegas | Los Angeles | San Francisco | Reno)

Northwest

The weather pattern will remain cool but dry across the Northwest as high pressure dominates over the region. Expect plenty of sunshine across Washington, Oregon, and Idaho today. It’ll be chilly out this morning east of the Cascades with morning lows in single digits and teens. Morning lows west of the Cascades will relatively warmer in the 20s/30s. Highs will remain below average in the 40s/50s along the I-5 corridor west to the coastline. Colder highs in the 20s/30s will stay east of the Cascades over into Idaho.

(FORECAST: Seattle | Portland | Boise | Spokane)

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