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National Weather at 115pm February 20 2005


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More snow looms for Northeast, more heavy rain for Southern California

1:18 P.M. ET 2/20/2005


Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




Wintry precipitation will dominate New England, most of New York state, eastern Pennsylvania and northern New Jersey tonight and tomorrow, although east-central and southeastern Pennsylvania will experience a trend toward rain on Monday. Meanwhile, areas from northeastern Pennsylvania eastward across Long Island and the Connecticut shore will see morning snow change to a mix of sleet and freezing rain (and maybe, in a few spots, just plain rain). Farther north, the precipitation will remain all snow as a Midwestern storm redevelops south of Long Island. In general, it looks like a 3- to 6-inch snowstorm even in areas where a changeover to rain is likely. A few spots, especially those that don't experience a changeover, could see as much as 7 or 8 inches. High temperatures are expected to range from the teens in northern Maine to the 60s in much of Virginia.



After a bit of a respite today, another moisture-laden storm will be churning off the California coast tonight and tomorrow, renewing the relentless soggy assault on Southern California. Beginning tonight, heavy rain and mountain snow will return in earnest to the waterlogged area. From 1 to 3 inches of additional rain are expected in coastal locations with 3 to 6 inches in the mountains. In the highest elevations, snow rather than rain will be the nemesis with several feet of wind-whipped snow likely to pile up above 6000 feet in the mountains near Los Angeles and San Diego. Heavy snow will also coat the Sierras. In general, showers and mountain snows will reach from California eastward across Nevada into parts of Utah, Arizona and western Colorado. Snow showers will also dot the Bitterroots and Tetons. Much of Oregon and Washington will be sunny. High temperatures in most spots will be close to seasonal averages, although in California, Nevada and western Arizona clouds and precipitation will suppress afternoon readings.



Rain, showers and thundershowers will soak areas of the southern U. S. east of the Mississippi River tomorrow as a cold front edges south into the Tennessee Valley. Isolated thunderstorms may rumble over southeastern Texas and Louisiana. Temperatures will remain unseasonably mild throughout the region with highs in the 60s and 70s, north to south. Readings in the 80s may grace portions of south Texas and central Florida.



Except for isolated showers or a few snow flurries on the Plains, and a scattering of snow showers around the Great Lakes, the Midwest and Great Plains will be dry and seasonably cool tomorrow. Under the influence of weak high pressure, maximum temperatures are forecast to range from the upper teens in the northern Red River Valley to the 50s from Kansas eastward through Missouri, the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky.

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