Wednesday 9:30 a.m.
Snow will fall from parts of Kansas to the upper Great Lakes. Cool, rainy weather will be common east and southeast of the snow area. Record heat is expanding in the Southwest, and normally moderate San Diego could have temperatures well up in the 90s on Friday. Chicago will have midsummer temperatures this afternoon, but much cooler air is likely to be in control starting tomorrow. There will be some rain once the cooler air arrives, but whether it falls in patches on and off or instead turns into a concentrated flood producing rain band remains to be seen.
In the Northeast, a high pressure area now in control will be reinforced by another high from northeastern Canada. As that second high arrives, cooler air will spread into New England then the Middle Atlantic tomorrow night and Friday. It should turn warmer again during the weekend.
In the "what could go wrong?" department, another batch of cloudiness has appeared east of New England and has been spreading southwestward toward the New Jersey coast this morning. The picture shows the clouds. Our forecast is based on those clouds not coming ashore to affect areas from Philadelphia northward. We'll be watching.
Today's Northeast Video
This video focuses on Chicago:
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