Warming Trend for Much of US, Cool Down and Wintry Weather by Weekend


A warming trend for much of the lower 48 hits a spike on Wednesday, while cool air will move down from the North by Friday, with the return of snowy and icy weather in the West, dropping temperatures over the weekend.

Wednesday: Ice storm across Northwest and central U.S., snow for Northeast

Wintry weather will span the northern tier of the U.S. on Wednesday, bringing mixed precipitation across the Northwest, upper Midwest, Ohio Valley, and the mid-Atlantic. Snow for the Northeast.

An ice storm will stretch from North-central Montana across the Dakotas and into southeastern Minnesota and Northwestern Iowa.

Snow for portions of Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan, most of New York, northern Massachusetts, and the entirety of Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

The rest of the lower 48 will be relatively clear with rain for parts of northern California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as southern and southeastern Florida.

Temperatures for Wednesday:

Northwest: Seattle 52; Medford 63; Boise 61; Cut Bank 41; Billings 57,

West: San Francisco 59; Reno 68; Salt Lake City 62; Denver 70.

Southwest: Las Vegas 80; Los Angeles 83; Phoenix 87; Albuquerque 71; El Paso 77.

Central U.S. & upper Midwest: San Antonio 75; Lubbock 75; Dallas 77; Oklahoma City 78; Kansas City 81;

North-central US: Rapid City 61; Minot 22; International Falls 24; Minneapolis 32; Chicago 54; Detroit 45.

Ohio Valley: Cincinnati 66; Indianapolis 65.

South: Houston 73; New Orleans 74; Memphis 75; Atlanta 74; Charlotte 75; Jacksonville 78; Tampa 81; Miami 75;

East: Norfolk 60; Washington, D.C. 62; Buffalo 36; New York City 51; Boston 41; Caribou 25.

NWS weather alerts for Wednesday:

Here are the latest weather alerts from the National Weather Service (NWS) for Wednesday:

Avalanche warning: Northern Idaho; Northwestern Montana.

Winter weather advisory: Northern Idaho; Western, Central, north-central and eastern Montana; eastern and central North Dakota.

A look ahead: 2-day forecast

Here’s a look ahead with the latest 2-day forecast from the National Weather Service (NWS).


Storms move into the West Coast, bringing mixed precipitation over several Western states and thunderstorms over western California, with an ice storm over northern and eastern Montana.

Snow over much of North Dakota and northeastern and central Minnesota. Scattered snow showers over portions of northern Michigan, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Rain over parts of West Virginia and Maryland, as well as southeastern Florida.


Storms move in over much of the Western and north-central U.S.

Scattered snow showers over portions of Oregon, Western Montana and Wyoming, as well as over North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, northern Michigan and northern Vermont.

A significant ice storm will span over the southern half of Minnesota into northern Iowa, the entirety of Wisconsin, and Eastern Michigan.

Thunderstorms for California along the coast, as well as over the Midwest over portions of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois.

Rain for parts of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, and southern Florida.