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A more active pattern

8:40 P.M. ET 2/5/2005


M. Ressler, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



A new storm will intensify rainfall and snowfall rates overnight across Washington and Oregon with snow levels as low as 500 to 1000 feet. Snow totals in the Washington and Oregon Cascades will range from 4-8" with 10-18" of new snow in the Olympics. There is a heavy snow warning in effect for the Olympics and a snow advisory in effect for central Washington just east of the Cascades. This storm will bring heavy snow later Sunday into Monday first to northern Nevada and then the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. A winter storm watch is in effect for both of these areas. The storm could also affect the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota Monday and a winter storm watch has been issued in this area as well.


Moisture continues to flow northward as a result of an upper-level system heading from northern Mexico into the southern high Plains. Rain will expand in coverage from the Rio Grande to Kansas overnight and some locations could receive as much as an inch. Rain and mountain snow is falling over southern and eastern New Mexico. Accumulating snowfall associated with this system will be mainly confined to the Sacramento Mountains and other mountains of southern New Mexico where total amounts of 3 to 6 inches are possible above 7500 feet.


The Eastern U.S. is quiet from north to south. The only trouble spot is along the east coast of Florida where high surf continues to be a problem along with dangerous rip currents. Heavy surf advisories stretch from Boca Raton, Fla. to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. and also from Cape Hatteras, N.C. to Currituck Beach Light, NC into Sunday.


Saturday brought record breaking high temperatures to areas from Iowa and Minnesota to Maine. Much colder air is returning to the Plains and Upper Midwest.

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