Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, January 06, 2012.
Tranquil weather is anticipated across most of the nation on Friday, while areas of light snow diminish in the North. A ridge of high pressure continues building over the Southeast and Eastern US, which pushes moisture away and creates another sunny and dry day. A warming trend will persist for the region with high temperatures reaching into the 50s and 60s for the Tennessee Valley and Southeast. However, to the west, onshore flow will develop from the Western Gulf of Mexico. This will trigger scattered rain showers across western Texas and Louisiana. A few mild thunderstorms may develop in these areas, but severe weather development is not likely.
In the Northeast, a trough of low pressure over eastern Canada will allow for a cold front to linger over the Great Lakes and Northeast. This will trigger a few light snow showers that will diminish throughout the day as high pressure builds in from the South.
Meanwhile out West, a cold front moves away from the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies, bringing an end to rain and mountain snow. The weakening cold front will move into the Northern Plains. While the system has limited moisture, precipitation is not likely in North and South Dakota. However, strong winds will develop in these areas, with gusts ranging from 30 to 40 mph. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -2 degrees at West Yellowstone, Mont. to a high of 82 degrees at Miramar MCAS, Calif.