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National Weather at 8pm December 14 2004


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8:07 P.M. ET 12/14/2004


Anthony Diaz, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel





The sound of chattering teeth will most decidedly be deafening across the South on Wednesday morning. After a continuously cold day on Tuesday, morning temperatures will be well below where they should be for mid-December. Teens will be prevalent in the Tennessee Valley and twenties will dominate the Deep South and Gulf Coast. Even central Florida will see morning temperatures in the 30s. Frost and freeze advisories blanket the region as we are expecting this to be the coldest morning of the season so far. Comforting will be the bright sunshine and afternoon temperatures that will rise to levels higher than that seen on Tuesday. However, for those of you in Florida, you will have to make do with temperatures around 60 in Tampa and 65 in Miami.



Lake-effect snow will come to an end Wednesday as high pressure begins to slide into the area. That is good news as some areas received over two feet of snow in a two-day period. By early afternoon, snowfall will be reduced to flurries, but a cold day will linger as temperatures will top out at 10 to 15 degrees below seasonal averages. Afternoon highs (and I use that term loosely) will range from the teens in Northern New England to the 40s in southern Virginia.



The Midwest is where the temperature dichotomy can be found as the boundary between the abnormally warm and the frigid drapes the region. West of Interstate 55 temperatures will range 15 to 20 degree above average with afternoon highs pushing 60. East of Interstate 55 temperatures take a drastic drop with highs in the 30s and 40s, some 10 to 15 degrees below average.



Thanks to a stable ridge the majority of the West will dance the dance of the truly warm with temperatures ranging 10 to 15 degrees above average for Wednesday. Even those of us in the Interior West, where highs will reach the 30s, will smile as we look at the calendar and are reminded that it is the 15th of December. One disturbance of note will move east Wednesday enhancing the potential for snow and rain for the Northern Rockies. Precipitation amounts will be light, but during a short burst and accumulation of one two three inches could be possible. Heavy morning fog remains a threat along West Coast on Wednesday. San Francisco, Sacramento and Seattle can expect dense fog during the morning commute.

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