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    Warm-Up to Erase Post-Blizzard Plains Chill

    By By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
    December 26, 2012, 2:38:55 AM EST

    After a blizzard brought heavy snow to the northern Plains and chilly air down to the Gulf Coast, residents of the Heartland are in store for a wild shift to warmer weather.

    Just as a big dip in the jet stream has settled into the Plains and Great Lakes, it will just as quickly lift out as a large zone of high pressure slides into the East.

    Southerly winds around the back side of this high will send a surge of much milder air into the Plains.

    In fact, temperature in cities, such as Minneapolis, Omaha and Oklahoma City, that were in the teens this morning will rise into the 40s and 50s by the middle of the week!

    Below is a table of actual high temperatures from Monday then forecast highs through Thursday for selected cities in the Plains:

    City Actual High Mon. High Tues. High Wed. High Thurs.
    Dodge City 40 45 52 59
    Oklahoma City 36 49 56 59
    Kansas City 40 45 49 53
    Omaha 28 40 48 50
    Minneapolis 20 20 36 35
    St. Louis 36 41 46 54
    Sioux Falls 21 29 38 34

    Accompanying the much warmer weather will be a good deal of sunshine, though the wind will begin to pick up across many areas on Wednesday and Thursday.

    This increase in winds will be in response to a storm system aiming to bring rain and snow to California.


    Wind gusts from Minneapolis through Des Moines, Omaha and Wichita will approach 35 mph during the daytime hours.

    The strong winds could cause some travel issues for people driving high-profile vehicles.

    Aside from that, dry weather and increasing warmth will be the story through the end of the week.

    The aforementioned storm system will then move into the Plains this weekend, bringing more rain, snow and even some thunderstorms. Stay tuned to AccuWeather later this week as we monitor the potential for more snow over the north.

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