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Midwestern storm developing overnight, Western storm moving ashore.

7:26 P.M. ET 11/26/2004

 

M. Ressler, and R. Hulecki, Meteorologists, The Weather Channel

 

 

Snow to the north and a light chilly rain to the south are on the increase from the Dakotas and Nebraska to Michigan. This precipitation is due to a storm system that will track from the Plains to the Great Lakes Saturday and into eastern Canada and the Northeast Sunday. With cold air in place, a decent 3-to-locally-12-inch snowfall is expected across northeast Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and western Upper Michigan. Strengthening northeast winds will swing around to the northwest as the deepening low pressure center moves by and the gusty winds will cause blowing and drifting snow plus low visibilities. As the storm moves away Sunday, lingering gusty northwest winds will produce several inches of lake-effect snow off of Superior and Michigan.

 

Along the trailing cold front, thunderstorms are forecast to develop during the night from the Sabine River to the Mississippi River. Locally heavy downpours, frequent lightning, and gusty winds are expected. Some storms could reach severe limits with wind the primary threat, but isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out along the Gulf Coast. Look for thunderstorms to rumble into Alabama by morning.

 

Vigorous storm system working its way into Central California overnight will bring snow levels down to 3500 feet in the northern and central Sierra Nevada Range. Snow accumulations will depend on elevation but look for 3-6” by Saturday in low elevations with 6”+ above 6000 feet by Saturday morning. Gusty winds will also accompany this storm ashore from the California coast to the Sierra Nevada Range south to the mountains of Southern California.

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