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National Weather at 520am on December 16 2004


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Dry weather for most of the U.S.

5:21 A.M. ET 12/16/2004


Chris Dolce, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel





A clipper system with gusty winds will move across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes bringing some snow showers with mainly light accumulations of 1 to 3 inches. Lake-effect snow begins late Thursday afternoon and overnight for the U.P. of Michigan and northern Lower Michigan. The rest of the region will stay precipitation free. Thursday’s highs will range from the 10s and 20s in northern Minnesota, and northeast North Dakota to the 30s and 40s as you head south across the region. Arctic air behind the next front will make for very cold conditions as we look ahead to the weekend.



Southeast Texas and western Louisiana will see some showers during the day. Rainfall amounts will be light. Meanwhile, easterly flow around high pressure centered over the Southeast will bring a few isolated showers to eastern portions of Florida. Temperatures will continue to moderate today as high temperatures reach the 50s across much of the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, northern Texas, and northern Louisiana. Highs will reach the 60s in central Florida and south Texas while the lone 70s can be found in South Florida. Looking ahead, a blast of cold air will push into the region on Sunday and Monday bringing very chilly air and the chance for some wintry precipitation in portions of the South. Stay tuned for further updates as our forecast is fine tuned.



A chill was in the air on Wednesday with high temperatures 5 to 15 degrees below average across the region. Today will be much more pleasant as high temperatures rebound to near seasonal averages ahead of the next cold front. Highs will range from the 20s in northern Maine to 30s and 40s as you move south through the region. Precipitation will be nonexistent with sunny skies for the entire I-95 Corridor, while partly cloudy conditions will be found across interior portions of the region. On Thursday, a cold front will bring some snow showers to western Pennsylvania, western New York, and Northern New England.



Above-average temperatures will rule much of the region as a ridge aloft remains in place. Offshore winds will allow Southern California to also warm nicely as temperatures reach around 10 degrees above average. This same offshore flow will bring gusty winds to portions of Southern California where high wind warnings are posted. Much of the region will see dry conditions with the exception of a few snow showers in New Mexico. High will range from the 30s and 40s across much of the Intermountain West, while 60s and 70s can be found in the Southwest.

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