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Fire Weather Threats Continue in the West; Wintry Weather from Upper Midwest to New England

High pressure in the west continues to send weather systems into the Great Basin, and this is keeping fire weather threats elevated to critical across southern California. A series of weather systems will bring widespread snow from the Upper Midwest to the Northeast U.S., with locally heavier snow amounts on the lee side of the Great Lakes. Read More >

Temperatures today will be some 10-15 degrees cooler than they were on Wednesday, but will still be at or above normal for this time of year. Breezy north winds will develop later this morning. In addition, the air will remain dry, so there will be a continued elevated fire weather threat today across a good chunk of the forecast area. Exercise great care if any outdoor activities could result in fire ignition!
This map shows counties where Burn Bans are currently in effect. Burn Bans are established by County Judges and Commissioner Courts, so check with your local officials for further information.
Even cooler on Friday, with highs in the 50s area-wide. Mostly sunny skies will dominate across the northwest, while partly to mostly cloudy conditions will persist to the south and east. Winds will be out of the north at 10 mph or less.
A storm system will approach the region on Saturday, which will begin to draw Gulf moisture back northward. By Saturday evening and overnight, rain chances (perhaps with a few thunderstorms as well) will overspread all of North and Central Texas. Not everyone will get rain from this system, however. The highest rain chances will be along and east of I-35.
A low chance for showers will linger east of I-35 on Sunday morning. Additional low shower chances will return to our south and eastern counties Monday and Monday night. Otherwise, partly to mostly cloudy conditions will prevail with high temperatures generally in the 60s and lows in the 40s.
Social media is a great tool, but only when used appropriately. While it's a great way to easily share weather information, we all need to be responsible when it comes to sharing model guidance, especially at very long ranges with winter weather. Be careful about sharing that day 10 snowfall map--you never know who might retweet it or share it. For those accessing weather information, be sure to find a reliable source of information that you know and trust. There is a potential for very cold arctic air to plunge into the region late next week, but it's entirely too early for us to really start forecasting the prospects for wintry weather towards the Christmas weekend.

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