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National Weather at 850pm February 24 2005


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More storms lie ahead

8:50 P.M. ET 2/24/2005


Tom Moore, Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




People from the Middle Atlantic region to Southern New England will wake up to a fresh blanket of snow on Friday morning. There may some lingering morning snow showers around coastal New England in the morning. The region will remain chilly through the weekend with some passing snow showers, especially around the Great Lakes. Conditions will change by late Monday, however, as a potent storm system moves northward from the southeastern states. Some areas, particularly away from the coast, may see some significant snowfall from that storm but the details will become more apparent later.



Rain will move eastward along the Gulf Coast overnight into Friday. The Florida Peninsula has been very dry lately but on Friday, there is a good chance for scattered showers and thunderstorms in cities like Tampa and Orlando. Parts of southern Georgia and South Carolina will see some shower activity, as well. To the west, rain will erupt over parts of southern and western Texas. Saturday will be rather quiet across much of the region, except for the continuing showers in Texas and some showers in southern Florida. Things change in a hurry on Sunday as low pressure pushes eastward along the Gulf. Significant rain will spread eastward through Alabama and Georgia into the Carolinas so be careful if you take to the roadways. Temperatures will be mild across most of the region on Friday and Saturday but much cooler on Sunday with all of the rain.



A series of upper-level disturbances will pass through the Great Lakes region, resulting in snow showers. Much of the activity will be in Michigan, with some lake-enhanced snow southeast of Lake Michigan. On Saturday, Michigan will get a break while a new disturbance dropping out of Canada brings light snow to northern Minnesota. On Sunday and Monday, another disturbance from the north will combine with a developing low-pressure area and cold front to the south. Light snow will dust much of the Plains and Midwest with light rain stretching from Kansas to Kentucky. Highs on Friday will range from the 20s in the upper Mississippi Valley to near 60 over parts of southern Nebraska and northern Kansas.



The Pacific Northwest has seen some gorgeous winter weather lately but precipitation is badly needed. Things will remain the same on Friday as the region sees more sunshine and feels mild temperatures. A stingy system aloft will keep parts of Arizona and New Mexico unsettled on Friday with scattered showers and higher elevations snow showers. Most of Southern California will finally be dry but some mountain locations may see a shower pop up during the afternoon hours. Rain will move into the West Coast on Saturday night and Sunday but initially it will be confined to western Oregon and Northern California.

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