Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, January 15, 2014
A strong cold front moves offshore of the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday, but another system follows closely behind bringing snow to the Great Lakes and Northeast. A strong cold front that brought heavy rainfall and strong thunderstorms to the Eastern states will continue moving eastward and offshore into the Atlantic Ocean. Behind this system, a low pressure system that produced heavy snow and strong winds for the upper Midwest and Great Lakes continues trekking eastward over the Great Lakes, reaching into the Northeast by Wednesday afternoon. However, moisture from this system will remain limited, allowing for snow showers to persist for the downwind shores of the Great Lakes, but the rest of the region will see little precipitation. Cold air associated with this trough of low pressure will bring below normal temperatures to the Eastern Valleys. High temperatures will range from 10 to 15 degrees below normal for parts of the Southeast, nearly 20 degrees cooler than seen on Tuesday. Wednesday night low temperatures will drop below freezing for some of these areas, thus, expect freeze warnings and watches to cover the Southeast into Thursday morning.
Meanwhile in the North, another strong low pressure system skirting across the US and Canadian Border will bring scattered snow showers to the Dakotas and Minnesota on Wednesday, moving eastward toward the Great Lakes region throughout the day. Out West, high pressure remains the dominant weather feature, maintaining dry and sunny conditions.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -14 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a high of 91 degrees at Rockport, Texas