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National Weather at 140pm February 6 2005


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Snow Upper Midwest, Interior West Monday

1:44 P.M. ET 2/6/2005


Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




A cold front sliding southeastward through the Great Lakes tomorrow will deliver a damp day to the lower Midwest (from much of Michigan southward) while a swath of snow whitens the ground in parts of the Upper Midwest. Several inches of snow are expected from eastern Iowa across central Wisconsin into Michigan's U. P. as colder air piles in behind the cold front. Farther south, locally heavy showers (and maybe a few thundershowers) will soak the lower Ohio Valley. Farther west, some light snow may spread into the western Dakotas by late in the day. The cold front will provide a sharp division in temperatures with readings ranging from well below early February averages on the Plains to the well above around the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. Maxima are predicted to span a broad spectrum, from the single digits in North Dakota to the 50s in southern Missouri and the Ohio River Valley.



Rain and snow showers will spackle much of the West tomorrow as an upper-air trough of low pressure moves inland. The heaviest precipitation, in the form of snow, is expected to coat the mountains of Utah and western Colorado where one to two feet are expected to pile up. Ironically, the one state in the West likely to escape any precipitation Monday is normally-damp Washington... where precipitation, especially mountain snow, is desperately needed. High temperatures are forecast to be near or below seasonal norms through the region with readings ranging from the single digits in northeast Montana to the 60s in parts of Southern California and southwest Arizona.



A cold front pushing eastward from Oklahoma and Texas tomorrow will trigger showers and thunderstorms as it advances toward the lower Mississippi Valley. By late in the day, the axis of heaviest precipitation is forecast to extend from central Tennessee to Louisiana. Meanwhile, the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida should escape the day dry, while eastern Texas experiences diminishing showers. High temperatures in the 60s will be common in much of the Lone Star State and Deep South, while some 70s make an appearance in far south Texas, southern Louisiana and Florida. On the other end of the spectrum, highs in the 40s will chill the northern Texas Panhandle and northern Oklahoma.



The Northeast should squeeze out another dry day tomorrow before showers (and maybe some snow in northern Maine) stream in tomorrow night and Tuesday. Highs, meanwhile, will continue to run well above seasonal means Monday with readings ranging from the 30s in parts of far northern New England and Upstate New York to the 50s from New Jersey and southern Pennsylvania southward.

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