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National Weather at 135pm February 13 2005


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Wintry precipitation in store for portions of Northeast tomorrow

1:36 P.M. ET 2/13/2005


Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




A variety of precipitation--some of it wintry, some of it not--will push through the Northeast tomorrow in advance of a complex frontal system. The day will dawn with a little freezing rain and sleet in western New York and central Pennsylvania, and some light snow edging into eastern Pennsylvania. To the west and south, however, rain should prevail. Overall, the trend throughout the day will be for any initial bursts of freezing or frozen precipitation to change to rain as milder air pushes in from the west. Thus, by early evening, snow and sleet should be found only in areas much farther east, extending from Upstate New through Vermont, New Hampshire and parts of Massachusetts. Rain and rain showers will be the fare elsewhere. High temperatures are expected to range from the 20s in much of northern New England to the 50s across a good chunk of Virginia and West Virginia.



Showers and a few thundershowers will move west to east through the Southeast (including northern Florida) and eastern Tennessee tomorrow, preceding a dying cold front. By early evening, the only showers in the South are expected to be confined to the eastern Carolinas. Meanwhile, areas west of the Mississippi River should enjoy pretty much wall-to-wall sunshine to start the workweek. Except for the Carolinas and Georgia where clouds and showers will hold down temperatures a bit, the mercury should soar to above-average levels throughout the region. Highs are forecast to range from the 50s in portions of the Carolinas, northern Georgia and Tennessee to just over 80 in far south Texas.



Rain and showers along and preceding a cold front will push eastward through Michigan and the lower Midwest tomorrow, while farther north, snow flurries will prevail across northern Minnesota, and mixed rain and snow showers over Wisconsin. Blustery winds will affect much of the region. High temperatures, however, will remain well above mid-February means with readings ranging from the 20s across northern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota to the 60s in southern Kansas.



Showers and areas of mountain snow will dot Washington, northern Oregon and western Montana tomorrow, but nothing significant is in the cards. Somewhat more widespread and heavier precipitation is likely, however, from northern and central California eastward to the central Rockies along a Pacific cold front. Snow levels in the Sierras are expected to range from around 4500 to 6500 feet, north to south. Farther east, heavy amounts of snow (beginning tonight) are expected in the Wasatch Mountains where up to two feet of fresh powder could pile up by late tomorrow. The mountains of northwest Colorado will also see some decent amounts of snow. High temperatures throughout the West Monday are forecast to be close to seasonal means.

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