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National Weather at 710pm February 23 2005


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Snowstorm targets Mid-Atlantic to Southern New England

7:13 P.M. ET 2/23/2005


James Wilson Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




A snowstorm will snarl travel in much of the Mid-Atlantic region northward to New York City and Long Island Thursday and then on to the Cape and Islands, southern New England, and Boston by Thursday Night. Rain, or a changeover to rain, is expected in southern Virginia and portions of the DelMarVa Peninsula, but all snow is likely over northern Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, most of Maryland, New Jersey and Long Island. The snow may take its time in reaching New York City and the island, but should arrive in time to make a mess of the evening commute. The snow will continue to push northward through southern New England adding to the winter woes of a long snowy season. Get ready to shovel and plow once again. High temperatures tomorrow will range from the teens in Upstate New York and far northern New England to the 30s along the Mid-Atlantic coast.



Rain, showers and thunderstorms will blanket much of the South Thursday from Texas eastward along the Gulf Coast to southern Georgia, northern Florida and the Carolinas. A cold front sinking southward toward the Gulf of Mexico will be part and parcel of this activity as well as being instrumental in ushering in cooler air. High temperatures will range from the 30s in northern North Carolina to the 80s in portions of the Florida Peninsula (south of the front).



Light snow is expected to coat Ohio, eastern Kentucky and maybe parts of Indiana tomorrow as a vigorous upper-air disturbance sweeps over the region. Elsewhere, areas of light snow and flurries will extend from Minnesota and Iowa eastward to the Great Lakes. Except for the western northern Plains, where above average temperatures will prevail, readings will be near or below seasonal means. Highs are forecast to range from the 20s in most of Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and Michigan to the low 50s here and there on the High Plains.



Showers, thundershowers and mountain snows will cover most of Arizona, New Mexico and the southern reaches of Utah and Colorado tomorrow as the upper-air low that has long plagued Southern California finally slides inland. A winter storm warning is in effect for much of northern New Mexico with snow amounts easily going to 6 to 12 inches, especially in the ski resort areas. In water-logged Southern California, only isolated showers and thundershowers are expected to linger. Dry weather will prevail elsewhere in the West. High temperatures will range from above seasonal levels in the Pacific Northwest and Montana to below average in the Southwest.

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