Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, Jan. 31, 2014
A cold frontal boundary will extend from southern California to the central Rockies, while a separate frontal boundary will extend from the central Plains to the Great Lakes.
A cold front will drive an active weather system across the central third of the country on Friday. This system, which will extend roughly from the central Rockies to the central Great Lakes, will be accompanied by rain, freezing rain and snow. Freezing rain is forecast to impact the northern tip of Texas, northern Oklahoma, southern Kansas, northern Arkansas, Missouri, southern Illinois, Indiana and western Ohio. A swath of heavy snow is expected to move across northeastern Kansas, southeastern Nebraska, northern Missouri, southern Iowa, northern Illinois and northern Indiana. Meanwhile, rain will be possible in eastern Texas and across the lower Mississippi Valley. The north central portion of the country will stay mostly clear of precipitation, while temperatures are expected to drop 10 to 30 degrees below normal across the upper Midwest.
Parts of the Southwest will experience rainy weather on Friday as a weak cold front moves across the region. High elevation snow will be possible across southern California, while a mixture of rain and snow will move across Arizona and New Mexico. Heavy snow is forecast to impact the central Rockies as well.
The Pacific Northwest can expect rainy weather along western Oregon and western Washington due to an onshore flow from the Pacific, while high elevation snow showers will move across the Cascades.
The East Coast will stay relatively calm on Friday, although a frontal boundary will trigger showers and thunderstorms along southern Florida.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -14 degrees at Mt. Washington, N.H. to a high of 79 degrees at Fort Stockton, Texas