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A cold front moves in this week that will send temperatures plunging, bringing a winter-like feel to many areas, according to the latest predictions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); plus today’s weather news and forecast.

Cold front will send temps back to winter-like feel

The thermometer is set to plummet as below-average temperatures will arrive courtesy of a cold front, as it’s likely to feel more like winter over the next 6-10 days, according to the latest forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center.

By mid-week, temperatures are forecast to drop as much as 20-30 degrees over 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). By Thursday night, many areas could see temperatures in the 30’s or lower.

The NOAA is showing a 90-100% probability of below-average temperatures over a large portion of the nation’s midsection including the northern Rockies, the Dakotas, the upper midwest, and the plains states.

However, this cold weather pattern and the likelihood of cooler temperatures extend to nearly the entirety of the US with the exception of California, southern Oregon, western Nevada, Florida, and the southern areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.

The northern areas of the southern states such as Alabama and Georgia could see temperatures falling into the 30s.

Heavy storms over California

Southern California is expected to see heavy storms over the next two days, bringing rain and thunderstorms to many areas, as well as snow in the higher elevations.

In northern California, mixed precipitation is forecast with the potential for snowfall. Heavy snowfall is already forecast for areas along the Sierra/Southern Cascades, where up to 2 feet of snow is expected.

The National Weather Service issued avalanche and winter storm warnings that remain in effect until 11 AM on Monday. Authorities shut down traffic due to dangerous road conditions and to clear spin-outs.

Today’s US highs

West: San Francisco 55, Los Angeles 60, Reno 49, Salt Lake City 62, Denver 72.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 60, Portland 59, Boise 58, Billings 61, Bismarck 49, Rapid City 69.

Southwest: Phoenix 81, Albuquerque 75, El Paso 79, San Antonio 77, Brownsville 88.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 73, Dallas 75, Oklahoma City 74, Kansas City 69, Minneapolis 58.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 61, St. Louis 73, Detroit 57, Cincinnati 69.

South: Houston 78, New Orleans 83, Memphis 79, Atlanta 81, Charlotte 83, Jacksonville 81, Tampa 82, Miami 82.

East: Norfolk 67, Washington, D.C. 69, Buffalo 52, New York 66, Boston 60, Bangor 42.