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National Weather at 815am November 9 2004


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A nation divided

8:19 A.M. ET 11/9/2004


Matthew Newman, Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




Sweaters and jackets were in order this morning in the Northeast as many awoke to some of the coldest weather so far this autumn. To make matters worse, afternoon readings are expected to remain quite chilly with highs roughly 10 to 15 degrees below seasonal averages. While some lake-effect snow shower activity may persist downwind of Lake Ontario early on, generally sunny skies can be expected courtesy of high pressure. Highs will range from the upper 20 across far northern New England to the 50s in southern Virginia.



A large, sprawling high pressure system centered over the Northeast will extend its reach into the South today and result in sunny skies for a majority of the region. Cooler weather will accompany the sunshine across the Southeast where highs in the Carolinas and Georgia will only top out in the 50s and 60s. The exception to the sunshine will be across the Florida Peninsula where an easterly flow may bring some moisture in the form of a few showers. Highs across the Sunshine State will be in the 70s and 80s from north to south. Meanwhile, highs will top out in the 60s and 70s across the southern Plains and most of Texas.



Warm winds out ahead of the next cold shot will result in high temperatures almost 20 degrees above average across the Great Plains today. Meanwhile, highs will only top out in the 40s to the east across the Great Lakes and upper Ohio Valley. Most of the region will remain dry as high pressure remains in control. Big changes are coming in the form of some of the coldest air so far this season. A cold front will slide into the northern Plains tonight, then push through the remainder of the region on Wednesday. Showers and storms will also be on the increase across the central Plains as an upper-level low pressure system that has been plaguing the Southwest begins to push eastward.



Low pressure aloft will slide eastward toward the Great Basin on Tuesday resulting in scattered rain and (mountain) snow showers for the Intermountain West. Some isolated areas of heavy snow are possible in the higher elevations of the Colorado Rockies, Tetons and Wasatch. The West Coast will see more light rain and showers from Washington to Northern California. Low clouds and fog will develop in the Puget Sound and Oregon's Willamette Valley, especially during the morning hours. High temperatures are expected will range from a bit below average in parts of the Southwest to well above in Montana. A blast of colder air will push into Montana, Wyoming and Colorado tomorrow.

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