Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, January 17, 2012. A strong storm will strengthen while moving through the Mississippi Valley and into the Upper Midwest. This storm will be quite storm by the time it reaches the Great Lakes, producing widespread snow through Wisconsin and Michigan and rain through the Mississippi Valley along the associated cold front. Rain will also develop along the associated warm front as it moves through the Northeast. Snow will develop in New England late in the day as the cold air moves in behind the storm.
The secondary effect of the storm will be the strong wind it produces. Intense wind will blow the new snow into blizzard-like conditions through the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley.
In the West, a Pacific storm will slam into Washington and Oregon. This will be the first in a series of storms this week that will produce rain and high elevation snow in the area. Higher elevations are expected to experience up to two feet of new snow through Wednesday. This represents much-needed precipitation for the region as the beginning of the Winter has been quite dry.
The Northeast will rise into the 30s and 40s, while the Southeast will see temperatures in the 60s and 70s. The Norther Plains will rise into the 0s and 10s, while the Northwest will see temperatures int he 20s, 30s, and 40s. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of -26 degrees at Saranac Lake, N.Y. to a high of 87 degrees at Alexandria Esle, La.