Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, March 13, 2014
Weather over the East Coast calms down on Thursday as a strong winter storm advances eastward and moves away from the East Coast. However, cool temperatures will persist as the back side of this system pulls cold air in from the north. Expect temperatures to range from 10 to 25 degrees below normal for parts of the Great Lakes, through the Northeast, and into the Mid-Atlantic states. Expect highs in the Northeast to vary in the 20s, while the Mid-Atlantic states will see highs in the 30s.
While cold temperatures are forecast for the East, warmer temperatures are expected for the Plains. A ridge of high pressure building over the Plains will push warm air in from the South. This will allow for a warming trend, especially for the northern and central Plains will see highs ranging 10 to 15 degrees above normal. These areas will see widespread temperatures in the 60s on Thursday.
Meanwhile, out West, a low pressure system in the Gulf of Alaska will create a cold front that pushes some moisture into the Pacific Northwest. This will increase the chance of showers over western Washington and Oregon late on Thursday. High pressure over the rest of the West Coast will keep California and the Southwest dry.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of -14 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a high of 88 degrees at Pompano Beach, Fla.