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Winter Versus Spring Across US on Black Friday

By Meghan Evans, meteorologist
November 23, 2012; 6:04 AM

Very cold and windy weather with snow for some areas will make it feel like winter in the Midwest on Black Friday. Temperatures are warming up quickly for East Coast shoppers.

People waking up early in the Midwest and Plains on Friday will bundle up for temperatures much colder temperatures in cities such as Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, St. Louis, Cincinnati and Oklahoma City. In Minneapolis, the morning low plummeted into the teens.

Highs will fail to climb out of the 20s across a large part of the Dakotas, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Farther south, Omaha, Chicago and Milwaukee will be in the 30s during the day on Friday.

Blustery winds gusting up to 30-35 mph will make it feel 10-15 degrees colder than actual temperatures.

As the cold air surges across the mild Great Lakes, snow showers will continue to ignite across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern and western Lower Peninsula of Michigan and northern Wisconsin.

As of midday Friday, several inches of snow has piled up in some communities across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern portions of Wisconsin and Minnesota. Oulu, Wis., has received 11 inches of snow, while Tapiola, Mich., has received 8.4 inches of snow.

Visibility will be suddenly reduced in the lake-effect snow bands and roads can become slippery and dangerous.

Farther east, temperatures were chilly to start the day across the Northeast. Most early shoppers will rose to temperatures in the 20s and 30s across the interior. Morning lows were mainly in the 30s along the I-95 corridor from Richmond to Boston.

However, temperatures are warming up quickly ahead of an approaching cold front. Highs in Boston and New York City will be in the 50s, while Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., will soar into the 60s.

Dry weather is in store for much of the Southeast with partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs in the 60s and 70s are in store for the Carolinas through Louisiana. Florida highs will be in the 70s as well.

Showers and thunderstorms will douse portions of eastern and southern Texas. Highs will be in the 70s. North of a cold front triggering the wet weather, cooler air will surge across the southern Plains and northern and central portions of Texas. It will turn breezy as well.

Following a dry break on Thanksgiving, wet weather will return to the Pacific Northwest coast. Seattle to Portland will endure moderate to heavy rain.

Snow levels will be around 4,500 feet, above most major pass levels, including Snoqualmie along I-90 in Washington.

High pressure will dominate the Southwest and southern Rockies, allowing dry and seasonable weather.

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