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National Weather at 140pm February 8 2005


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Snow for Great Lakes tomorrow

1:42 P.M. ET 2/8/2005


Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




An area of generally light snow will press eastward through the Great Lakes tomorrow, probably leaving anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of fresh cover from around Chicago (mostly tonight and early tomorrow) eastward across southern Michigan, northern Indiana and northern Ohio. Farther south, in the Ohio Valley, rain showers may give way to wet snow showers or flurries late in the day. Elsewhere, scattered snow showers and flurries are likely from Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota southward through the mid-Mississippi Valley. Temperatures are expected to be near or somewhat below seasonal norms, with highs ranging from the teens in parts of North Dakota and Minnesota to the low 50s in southeastern Kentucky.



Rain and showers will dampen much of the Deep South and Tennessee tomorrow as a cold front plows through the region, but the passage of the front will serve to shut off the precipitation from west to east as the day goes on. By evening, the only surviving showers are expected to extend from the Carolinas to the Florida Panhandle (the peninsula should stay dry). A few sprinkles may plague parts of southern Texas even in the wake of the front. The heaviest rainfall tomorrow appears likely in parts of southern Alabama and southern Georgia. High temperatures, meanwhile, will range from the upper 30s in extreme northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas to the 70s in far south Texas and the Florida Peninsula.



Snow showers will dot much of New York state and parts of northern New England tomorrow as a low pressure center trundles across the Appalachians into northern Virginia. From much of Pennsylvania and southeast New York southward, however, milder air will prevail leading to rain showers, not snow. And although the low pressure area should seem fairly innocuous tomorrow, it will explode into a major storm tomorrow night as it plows offshore. Thus, a significant snowfall, complete with blowing and drifting, looms for much of New England on Thursday. In fact, winter storm watches already has been issued for southeastern New England including Boston and Providence. Meanwhile, high temperatures tomorrow will have one last fling at above-average levels from New England to the Virginias with readings ranging from the 30s in northern New England to the 60s in much of southern and central Virginia.



Dry weather will grace the West tomorrow with temperatures pretty close to February means. Sunshine is expected to be widespread, although there will be areas of dense morning fog (freezing fog in some locations) in many valleys and basins. Overall, highs are predicted to range from the 20s in northeastern Montana and the Rockies to the 70s in southeast California and southwest Arizona.

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