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National Weather at 145pm December 13 2004


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Deep chill in Deep South

1:46 P.M. ET 12/13/2004


Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel





The coldest air so far this season will settle over the South tonight and tomorrow. Freeze warnings (for tonight) extend from southeastern Texas to parts of the Carolinas. High temperatures tomorrow will run substantially below mid-December means, ranging from the 30s in Tennessee and northern reaches of the Deep South to the 60s in far southern Florida. Gusty winds will add to the chill in the mid-South and Deep South. Precipitation should be limited to just a chance of a shower or two over south Florida.



Lake-effect snow showers will continue south and southeast of Lakes Ontario and Erie tomorrow, although they should lack the intensity of today’s activity. In general, snow showers and flurries are expected to extend as far south as West Virginia and as far east the mountains of northern New England. Overall, though, maximum accumulations should not be more than a few inches. Gusty winds will continue to push cold air into the region with highs ranging from the teens near the Canadian border to the 40s in eastern Virginia.



Most of the Midwest and Plains will be dry tomorrow, with only scattered, light leftover snow showers or flurries streaming off Lakes Superior and Michigan. More numerous snow showers, however, will continue off Lake Erie into eastern Ohio. And while temperatures will continue to run below seasonal means in the lower Midwest, gusty southwesterly winds will hurl milder air into the Plains and Upper Midwest. Overall, highs will range from the 20s around the Great Lakes to the 40s on the Plains.



The majority of the West will be unseasonably mild and dry tomorrow. A few showers are expected west of the Cascades (primarily in western Washington), and some modest snowfall is possible in the northern Washington Cascades, Bitterroots and Glacier Park region, but that's about it. Sunshine should dominate California and Arizona. High temperatures are forecast to range from the 30s in the Rockies to the 70s in parts of Southern California and southwest Arizona.

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