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National Weather at 210pm on December 6 2004


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Stormy weather East and West tomorrow

2:11 P.M. ET 12/6/2004


Sr. Meteorologist, The Weather Channel





A storm center churning northeastward through the lower Midwest will hurl a good deal of precipitation, mostly wind-driven rain, into the Northeast tomorrow. Some of the precipitation, however, will be of the wintry variety, mainly from Upstate New York into portions of northern New England. But even there, except for Maine, the initial snow will change to rain, perhaps running through a sequence of freezing rain and ice pellets prior to doing so. Heavy snow could fall in Maine tomorrow evening, although only northern Maine may be able to hang onto all snow through the entire night. High temperatures tomorrow are forecast to range from the upper teens in northern Maine to the 60s south of the Mason-Dixon Line.



A cold front accompanied by a line of showers and thunderstorms will push through the Deep South and mid-South tomorrow, but deliver only modest amounts of rain. There could be some isolated severe storms, too, curiously enough more likely early in the day than later. Behind the front, sunny skies will prevail from the Mississippi Valley westward. And despite the passage of the front, temperatures will continue to run above seasonal means with highs ranging from the 50s in northern Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle to the 80s in the Florida Panhandle.



Wet, windy weather will prevail around the Great Lakes and upper Ohio Valley tomorrow, with the heaviest rainfall drenching lower Michigan, northern Illinois and maybe extreme northern Indiana as a storm center sweeps northeastward. Late tomorrow or tomorrow evening, locations around Lakes Superior and Michigan could see some snow showers as colder air sweeps in in the wake of the storm. Meanwhile, in the Upper Midwest, a disturbance aloft may deliver some light snow or flurries. Temperatures will remain well above early December norms over most of the region with highs ranging from the upper teens in the northern Red River Valley to the 60s in the Ohio Valley.



Wet and snowy weather, generally speaking, will prevail from the Pacific Coast to the Rockies tomorrow as a broad flow of Pacific air streams inland. Far Southern California, Arizona and New Mexico will remain dry, however. By far the heaviest rain and snow will be in California, generally north of the Los Angeles area. Excessive rains will drench the lower elevations of northern California tonight, then shift southward through the Golden State tomorrow. Snowfall will also be excessive in some spots. Several feet may coat the Sierras, with substantial amounts also expected in the mountains of northern California and southwest Oregon where the snow is already beginning. Snow levels are expected to be fairly low, 4000 to 5000 feet in northern California, for instance. Meanwhile, high temperatures tomorrow are expected to range from the 20s in the northern and central Rockies to the 60s in southeast California and southwest Arizona.

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