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National Weather at 955pm February 7 2005


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Warm weather continues, but so will the rain

9:55 P.M. ET 2/7/2005


John Desjardins, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




Record high temperatures were once again set from Vermont to West Virginia on Monday as temperatures soared ten to twenty degrees above average. Another mild day is in store for the region on Tuesday, but increased cloud cover and rainfall should keep highs below record values. Look for rain showers in Pennsylvania and Upstate New York during the day, moving into Northern New England by the afternoon. While rainfall is expected to be light, it may exacerbate some of the flooding induced by the recent warmth causing snowmelt and ice jams on rivers. Across the Megalopolis, expect more clouds than sun, but it appears as if the rain will remain out of the area. The Northeast could be under the gun for a snowstorm on Thursday.



Snow and even some ice will move back into Plains overnight. Freezing drizzle is expected to break out across Kansas, but change over to snow by daybreak. Accumulating snow will overspread Kansas and Nebraska Tuesday morning and move into Iowa and southern Minnesota during the afternoon. Expect a general one-to-three-inch snowfall across these areas, with some places perhaps seeing as much as half a foot. Temperatures across the Plains will be quite chilly, with highs only in the teens and twenties. Farther east, expect abundant clouds across the Lower Midwest. Low clouds and a few morning showers could inhibit air travel across the Ohio Valley. High temperatures in this region will be in the 30s and 40s.



Clouds and scattered showers will be commonplace across the Arklatex, western Gulf Coast, and parts of the Southeast on Tuesday. Look for spotty showers in Atlanta, Montgomery, Ala., Jackson., Miss., and Houston. Even Mardi Gras revelers in New Orleans will see a few showers. But with no downpours expected, parades and parties will go on as usual. Sunny skies will continue form the eastern Carolinas into Florida. Look for highs generally in the 60s across the South on Tuesday, with 70s across Florida and southern Georgia.



A storm system rolled through the Intermountain West on Monday, bringing snow to Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. Salt Lake City set a record with seven inches of snow falling since midnight. Up to two feet of snow are possible in the Colorado Rockies overnight as the storm sweeps through. Even Denver can expect to see the flakes flying by morning. About two inches can be expected in the city, with slightly higher amounts possible in the Foothills. The remainder of the region, from the Pacific Northwest to the Desert Southwest will be sunny. High temperatures across the West will range from the 40s and 50s across western Oregon to 60s and 70s in Southern California and Southern Arizona. Cooler highs in the 20s and 30s can be expected across the Rockies and Great Basin.

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