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Posted on December 27, 2013 at 3:37 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 27 at 3:37 AM

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, Dec. 27, 2013

A cold frontal boundary is expected to stretch from the northern Plains to the Northeast on Friday, while a ridge of high pressure will build over the Great Basin.

Snowy weather is forecast to push across parts of the upper Midwest, the Great Lakes and the Northeast due to a cold front over the region. The heaviest snow associated with this system will likely occur downwind of the Great Lakes. Cold, blustery conditions will also accompany this frontal boundary, which will impact a handful of states on Friday. Meanwhile to the south, a separate cold front is expected to linger along the southern tip of Florida, which will likely lead to rainy weather across much of the Southeast. Across the Gulf of Mexico, an onshore flow will trigger showers across southern Texas. The remainder of the southern Plains will avoid wet weather due to a high pressure system over Arkansas.

Along the West Coast, a low pressure system will approach the Pacific Northwest on Friday. This system will usher rainy weather across western Washington and northwestern Oregon, while snow showers can be expected in the Cascades. A separate area of low pressure just north of Idaho will provide moderate to heavy snow to the northern Rockies. The Southwest will stay clear of precipitation as a ridge of high pressure builds across the region.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -24 degrees at International Falls, Minn. to a high of 82 degrees at Point Mugu, Calif.

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