Coldest Temperatures of the Year in the East, Snow to the Northwest

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Mild, warm, and sunny conditions for most of the nation, particularly southern latitudes, windy with fire danger in the west and midwest, while parts of the east to see their coldest temperatures of the year so far.

Weather overview for Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Much of the nation will see mild weather today with abundant sunshine. Across the southern latitudes of the west, midwest, and south, mostly warm with mild conditions and mostly sunny weather.

Temperatures will be cold across the upper Midwest and into the northern Ohio Valley.

Gale warnings have been issued for the Great Lakes, where lake effect snow is forecast for portions of the Northeast, which will also see its coldest temperatures of the year so far.

The Pacific Northwest and parts of the northern Rockies will see rain, mixed precipitation, potential freezing rain and mountain snow in the higher elevations.

Windy conditions will bring fire danger to parts of the West and the Midwest, triggering red flag alerts in several states.

Winter weather alerts

Heavy snow in the higher elevations is possible over portions of north-central and south-central Washington; eastern Oregon; Northern California and the Sierra; central Idaho; Western Montana. Lake effect snow is forecast for Buffalo and around the Great Lakes areas.

A large area of mixed precipitation stretches from Washington eastward to North Dakota, and from California to Colorado, as well as going north to south, from Southern Canada into central California.

Freezing rain is possible over parts of north-central and northeastern Montana and into northwestern North Dakota.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued several winter-related alerts for the West, Northwest, and Northern Rockies on Wednesday.

Winter storm warning: North-central California over the Sierra; central and southeastern Idaho.

Winter weather advisory: North-central and south-central California; Western Nevada; Northwest Oregon; Southwest Washington

Gale warning: All of the Great Lakes.

Red flag warnings for the West and Midwest

Parts of the West and Midwest are under a critical fire weather watch on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued red flag warnings for southeastern Colorado; northern and central New Mexico; central Oklahoma and the Panhandle; southeastern, south-central, and northeastern Kansas; eastern Nebraska; southwestern Iowa and Western Missouri.

US weather forecast: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

West: San Francisco 60, rain; Los Angeles 69, partly cloudy; Reno 47, rain; Las Vegas 78, windy; Salt Lake City 63, cloudy; Denver 75, partly cloudy.

Northwest & Northern Rockies: Seattle 50, rain; Medford 51, rain; Boise 48, rain; Cut Bank 43, windy; Billings 59, partly cloudy; Minot 54, partly cloudy; Rapid City 72, partly cloudy.

Southwest: Phoenix 89, sunny; Albuquerque 71, sunny; El Paso 81, sunny; San Antonio 77, sunny; Brownsville 83, partly cloudy.

Central & Upper Midwest: Lubbock 75, sunny; Dallas 75, sunny; Oklahoma City 72, windy; Kansas City 68, windy; Minneapolis 52, partly cloudy.

Ohio Valley: Chicago 51, partly cloudy; St. Louis 58, sunny; Detroit 44, mostly sunny; Cincinnati 51, partly cloudy.

South: Houston 76, sunny; New Orleans 68, sunny; Memphis 67, sunny; Atlanta 61, sunny; Charlotte 54, sunny; Jacksonville 65, sunny; Tampa 77, mostly sunny; Miami 79, windy.

East: Norfolk 47, sunny; Washington, D.C. 46, partly cloudy; Buffalo 37, snow; New York City 41, sunny; Boston 34, sunny; Caribou 26, partly cloudy.