Temperatures are expected to continue climbing to more seasonable values across the eastern half of the country. The Mid-Atlantic states, Tennessee Valley and Southeast will return to the mid-40s to near 50, while the Ohio River Valley and Midwest remain in the 30s.
In the North, however, cold and wintry weather is expected to persist as a trough of low pressure continues making its way eastward over the Great Lakes. This system has little moisture associated with it, but with cool air pouring in from Canada, will allow for light lake effect snow showers.
Snow accumulation is forecast to be light, ranging from 1 to 2 inches across western New York state to near 1 inch in northern Ohio and northwestern Pennsylvania. Highs will remain in the 20s to lower 30s across the Great Lakes.
In the West, a low pressure system that developed in the Gulf of Alaska is pushing a cold front onshore. This front is expected to trigger more scattered rain showers, with high elevation snow showers, as it slowly moves onshore throughout the day. Another dry and sunny day is expected across the Southwest as high pressure dominates.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of -27 degrees at Land O' Lakes, Wis. to a high of 77 degrees at Oxnard, Calif.
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