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National Weather at 150pm February 22 2005


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Wet Wednesday looms for South

1:51 P.M. ET 2/22/2005


Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




A stalled front and an active subtropical jet stream will combine to produce a very wet day in much of the South tomorrow. Only the Carolinas and parts of southern and western Texas should escape the day dry, although rain will spread over the Carolinas after dark. The Florida Peninsula should experience only widely scattered showers or thundershowers. The nastiest weather, heavy downpours and thunderstorms, should assault areas from eastern Oklahoma and northeast Texas eastward to Mississippi. Severe thunderstorms can't be ruled out either, with the greatest threat probably over portions of eastern Texas and Louisiana. High temperatures, by and large, will be close to late February means, ranging from the 40s in much of Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle to the 80s in parts of far south Texas and central Florida. Readings in the 50s and 60s will be common in the Deep South.



Showers, thunderstorms and mountain snows will linger over water-weary Southern California tomorrow, although the coverage and intensity of the precipitation should be less than on days just past. Showers and high elevation snows will continue to spread through the Southwest as the recalcitrant upper-air storm that has lingered just west of the Golden State since Sunday begins to creep inland. By late tomorrow, the storm should be centered over the lower Colorado River along the California-Nevada border. Farther north, dry weather will persist from the Pacific Northwest eastward across Montana and Wyoming. High temperatures, meanwhile, are forecast to range from the upper 20s in the higher valleys of the Rockies to the 60s along much of the West Coast and in the Desert Southwest.



Snow showers and flurries will stay busy around the Great Lakes tomorrow, with flurries here and there over the Upper Midwest and Plains. The most significant precipitation, however, will be in Kansas where accumulating wet snow (or rain changing to snow) is likely. As much as 3 to 6 inches may be possible in the southern tier of the state as colder air pushes southward into ongoing precipitation. High temperatures, overall, are expected to range from the upper teens in northeast North Dakota and northwest Minnesota to the 40s from Missouri to Kentucky and in parts of the Plains.



Breezy, cold weather will dominate the Northeast tomorrow with snow showers and flurries dotting the interior. High temperatures will be somewhat below late-winter norms, ranging from the 20s in much northern New England, New York state and northern Pennsylvania to the 50s in central Virginia.

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