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Posted on January 16, 2014 at 5:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Jan 16 at 5:34 AM

Weather Underground Forecast for Thursday, January 16, 2014

Snowy conditions persist for the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region and cold air continues spreading across the East on Thursday. A strong low pressure system moves over the Great Lakes and pulls cold air southward from Canada. This will continue pushing cold air across the Eastern Valleys, with high temperatures expected to remain 10 to 15 degrees below normal for most areas. Snow showers will persist along the northern side of this system and strong winds will create blizzard conditions across Minnesota and Wisconsin. This will create dangerous roads and travel conditions, so please take caution and drive only if necessary. Snowfall totals will range from 3 to 5 inches, but the high winds and blowing snow will be the main concern.

In the East, a cold front pushes offshore of the Eastern Seaboard and allows for dry but cool conditions to spread across the East Coast. Highs will range in the 40s for the Mid-Atlantic states and dropping into the lower 50s for parts of northern Florida. Low temperatures will remain just below freezing for these areas, thus, freeze advisories will remain in effect through Friday morning. Meanwhile, out West, a broad ridge of high pressure maintains dry and warm conditions over the West Coast. High fire danger remains a concern for most of California as this ridge dominates.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of -23 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a high of 86 degrees at Point Mugu, Calif.

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