Mid-America’s weather to stay mostly calm, dry for next several days

Kansas City, Mo. – Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012 – Thanks to high atmospheric pressure over most of the United States, NOAA forecasters said mild and dry weather conditions will be sticking around Middle America for the short-term future.

For today, one of the few changes from Wednesday’s weather is that high pressure over the Northeast will be replaced by high pressure over the northern High Plains, according to forecasters. That high pressure, in turn, will move to the Upper Great Lakes by Friday evening.

High temperatures for the coming five days will range from the upper 40s to mid-50s with Denver, Colo., and Kansas City, Mo., reaching 60 degrees. Overnight lows will range from the upper 20s in northern states to the low 40s. Kansas City lows will average from the mid-30s to the mid-40s.

NOAA forecasts note no severe weather in the 8-day convective outlook, no heavy snow even in the mountain areas. Moderate snow is expected in a few areas:

  • along the California-Nevada state line
  • in south-central to southeast Wyoming
  • over northeast Lower Michigan
  • over the eastern half of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Rain will be even more of a rarity today. Rain and thunderstorms are expected over southeast Georgia, the southern half of Florida and south Texas. Rain showers are expected along the California Coast; southern Virginia; North Carolina; South Carolina as well as southern, central and southeast Georgia.

See today’s Hazards Map at http://www.weather.gov/largemap.php and the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center threats map at http://origin.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaad1.gif.

In Colorado, there is a slight chance of light snow or flurries north of Steamboat Springs tonight and a slight chance for mountain snow showers from late tonight through Monday. A weak weather system will move across the northern Rockies today, bringing clouds and wind over the higher mountains. Wind gusts in the 30-40 mph range can be expected above 10,000 feet. There is a slight chance of snow showers in the mountain near the Wyoming border tonight. There will be a slight chance of snow showers in the high mountains Saturday and Sunday. The Colorado plains will remain dry through the period.

Shifting to the east, there is a slight chance of freezing drizzle over the higher terrain of north-central Upper Michigan late tonight through Friday morning.

NOAA precipitation forecasts for the coming five days may be found on the web site at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml.

Local National Weather Service office web pages are available at http://weather.gov; select the desired location. All segments of the U.S. weather and flood forecasts and outlooks are available through the NOAAWatch briefing page at http://www.noaawatch.gov/briefing.php.

Contact:  Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Slattery (816) 268-3135

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