A small break for the suffering Northeast, old man winter is alive and well in the West and a "mixed bag" for the Midwest region. RC 


The big storm the West was waiting for didn't disappoint over the weekend and there's more in store today. The next phase of the system is set to bring over a foot of snow to the mountains of California, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Temps stay chilly, running between 10 and 40 degrees below average, with below zero to single digit highs for many of the mountain areas.


The Midwest has a weird weather mix in store today, as things in the lower part of the region start out mild ahead of a cold front then drop into the 20's turning rain early in the day to sleet and snow. For northern portions of the region, expect wind chills to produce temps of 30 to 50 below zero. The winds should slow down as the day goes on, but don't look for temps to get above zero for most of the region. Parts of northern Illinois may see the mid teens.


The morning warm-up that graced the Midwest helps parts of the Northeast as well, bringing a much needed melting of the ice that has the region dealing with numerous power outages. Look for highs to get into the mid 40's to mid 50's by afternoon for a good portion of the region. Moving into the evening hours, sleet, freezing rain and snow are possible for northeast Ohio, central Pennsylvania, and parts of northern New England. As temps begin to drop again, be on the lookout for some accumulation by Tuesday afternoon.    


Wet weather on tap for a good porition of Europe today and tomorrow with snow for the French and Swiss Alps, northern Italy, Norway and Sweden.