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National Weather at 320pm November 12 2004


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Spotlight shifts west

3:24 P.M. ET 11/12/2004


M. Ressler, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel





After accumulating snow from just north of New York City to eastern Massachusetts (away from the immediate coast and the Cape) overnight into early Saturday, the last of the precipitation will finally exit southern New England. The Northeast will then be virtually precipitation-free right through late next week, as high pressure takes prolonged control. Temperatures will be cold through the weekend with highs ranging from near 30 northern Maine to the 50s in Virginia (5 to 12 degrees below average) and lows ranging from teens and a few single digits northern New York and northern interior New England to the 20s in the Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures will gradually trend toward average in the coming week.



The Southeast rain will be gone for the weekend, but an increasingly stiff northeast breeze will bring showers into eastern Florida. Meanwhile, an active pattern over the Southwest will keep much of Texas and Oklahoma unsettled right through midweek. With cold air initially in place, the first disturbance sweeping out across the high Plains Saturday will bring snow to much of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles with showery rains elsewhere across the southern Plains. Temperatures Saturday will be 5 to 25 degrees below average. Thereafter, bouts of rain will keep Oklahoma and Texas damp and dreary through at least Wednesday with temperatures very slowly trending back toward average.



There are no major storms on the horizon for the Midwest. In fact, other than some rain/snow showers in southwest Kansas Saturday, a few showers from Kansas to Wisconsin on Monday and a few showers around the Great Lakes Tuesday, the region will be dry as high pressure maintains control. Showers from out of Kansas and Missouri midweek may bubble northward into Minnesota Thursday. Temperatures will be 5 to 15 degrees above average from the northern half of the Plains into the western Great Lakes and trending toward average elsewhere.



One disturbance will swing from the Southwest into the high Plains Saturday with locally heavy snow for the southern Rockies (maybe as much as 1 to 2 feet in the highest elevations of the San Juans and Sangre de Cristos) and 4 to 8 inches out into the high plains of northeast New Mexico. Lighter showers and mountain snow will linger over the remainder of the Four Corners' states. Meanwhile, a new storm will split apart at the West Coast as high pressure aloft still protects southwest Canada and the Northwest. The new disturbance with very limited moisture will cruise down the California coast into Baja and northern Mexico over the weekend and then prolong showers especially in New Mexico through midweek. Late Sunday and Monday, a wetter Pacific system will come into Washington, western Oregon and northwest California but fizzle over the interior. Yet another Pacific system will bring showers to the Northwest Wednesday night into Thursday. Temperatures will tend toward above average levels in the Northwest and below average levels in the Southwest.

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