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National Weather at 810pm February 2 2005


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Six more weeks of what!?!

8:11 P.M. ET 2/2/2005


Anthony Diaz, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




The core of the soggy weather will make its way to the Atlantic coast overnight Wednesday into Thursday. The Deep South saw a break in the showers midway through Wednesday. However, overnight showers should redevelop and cause morning commute problems yet again. The heaviest of the rain continues to hover around the Interstate 10 corridor from Pensacola to Jacksonville. This system and accompanying upper-level energy begin to emerge in the Carolinas Thursday morning. With cold air seeping down the Appalachians, the threat for a sleet/freezing rain mix presents itself for the southwestern Virginia and western North Carolina. Though there could be some mixing with snow, significant accumulations will be primarily found in the highest elevations of the Central Appalachians. The ongoing rain and snow event will help to keep temperatures across the South a bit on the cool side as afternoon highs will slide to some 10 degrees below daily averages for most of the region.



High pressure does not come without a price to those in the West. Morning fog will shroud the valleys across the region. After daybreak, sunny skies will prevail. But winds will be whipping through the canyons of Southern California. The Santa Ana event continues Thursday and winds gusting to over 60 mph can be found in the high wind warning areas east of Los Angeles and San Diego. Even coastal areas could see winds gusting to near 30 mph. The strong winds stretch eastward to southern Arizona where the winds will kick up the desert floor causing reduced visibilities. Across the area, temperatures will be slightly above average for the date. The offshore winds will help warm the Los Angeles area into the mid 70s Thursday.



The Midwest continues to experience a stagnant weather pattern. Low level moisture, mild temperatures, and lingering snow cover will contribute to patchy dense fog overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning. The rising sun will help burn off most of the fog and will drive temperatures, especially across the High Plains, well above average for the date. Temps from the Northern Rockies to the Great Lakes and south to the Red River Valley will range anywhere from 10 to near 30 degrees warmer than they should be for February 3rd.



The Northeast remains under the influence of high pressure well into Thursday. Very little is expected in the way of precipitation, except for extreme eastern Massachusetts. Northeast winds will drive moisture from competing systems in the western Atlantic bringing the potential for showers, mixed with snow at times, from Boston to Cape Cod. Don’t expect too much in the way of intensity as these showers will be light and sporadic. Temperatures across the Northeast will continue to register at or slightly above seasonal averages, with the greatest aberrations found in across western New England. Morning lows will range in the single digits from New England to the 20s across the Delmarva Peninsula. Afternoon high will top out in the 30s for most of the area.

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