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Dreary outlook

2:15 P.M. ET 2/12/2005


R. Hulecki, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



The Southwest Soaker that brought over 5 inches of rain to the San Gabriel Mountains while downtown Los Angeles picked up over 2 inches of rain is coming to a close in these areas. A weak surface low spinning off the Southern California coast will keep scattered showers around the area through Saturday evening. Look for some fog to develop during the overnight areas across Central and Southern California.


Arizona and New Mexico will see a steady rain turning to showers by Saturday night. Winter Storm warnings are posted until late Saturday above 9000 feet in the mountains of southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. With snow levels so high (generally above 8000 feet across the Southwest), the threat for melting snowfall combining with runoff will result in some river flooding.


Daily Record Rainfall Totals - February 11, 2005

Long Beach, CA 2.48"

Los Angeles, CA 2.12"

Sandberg, CA 1.82"

Flagstaff, AZ 1.36"

Lancaster, CA 1.32"

Needles 1.24"

Thermal, CA 1.06"

Las Vegas, NV .78"

Albuquerque, NM .35"


Elsewhere, rain associated with our Southwest soaker has spread into Texas and the Midwest and will continue to spread north and east overnight. Moderate to heavy rain is expected from the Missouri River in eastern Nebraska to the mid Mississippi River Valley overnight into Sunday. Embedded thunderstorms are expected overnight in eastern Texas.


Flurries and light snow will move across the Northeast on Saturday accompanied by a cold north wind.


A storm system will bring rain and snow showers to the parched Northwest overnight Saturday and will lingering into Monday. Snow levels will run around 1000 feet Saturday night rising to 1500 feet on Sunday with only light amounts of accumulation expected in the Cascade Range and in the Olympics.

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