USA.- record cold to impact the southeast through Thursday; warm air in the northwest spreads to the Great Plains, reported the Weather Prediction Center of the National Weather Service.
The WPCalso warned and issued notices of frost they are in force in parts of the central and southern Plains to the mid-Atlantic.
The main weather story during the short range period will be the continuous record cold which is impacting the southeastern quadrant of the country.
High pressure over the Mississippi plains and valley coupled with an outflow from the East Coast will keep the fresh winds from the north flowing into the eastern half of the country.
This cold configuration will allow for the potential of Record high temperatures in Florida peninsula today and record lows across much of the southeast tonight as clear skies allow temperatures to dip to near freezing overnight.
The frigid conditions will also justify frost warnings and frost advisories to cover from the Texas/Oklahoma peninsula to the East Coast.
Many areas in the southeastern and central Gulf Coast are likely to experience its first freeze of the season that will affect sensitive crops and livestock.
Meanwhile, the threat of heavy rain in maine should conclude this morning as a powerful cold front which provides the focus for precipitation moving towards the Canadian Maritime.
upstream, light rain/snow showers and thunderstorms they will continue over the Great Lakes today, and slowly taper off over the next few days. Ridges in the Northwest continue the warm trend in the region today before spreading east into the Northern Plains on Thursday.
The maximum temperatures will be from 15 to 25 degrees above average for many parts of the Northwest and Northern Plains over the next two days.
Hot, dry and windy conditions will warrant a critical fire weather hazard across much of central and eastern Montana on Thursday.
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