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One storm winds down in the Northeast as the West Coast beaces for another powerful storm

5:13 P.M. ET 1/6/2005


Tom Moore, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Two significant storms will combine to produce some very stormy weather conditions along the West Coast over the weekend. One system will ride down out of the Gulf Of Alaska and park itself around the Oregon Coast while a more powerful storm rambles on toward California. Snow levels will be between 3000 and 5000 feet in the Sierra and steadily rising from 5000 feet in the mountains of Southern California. Several inches of rain will fall along the coast between San Francisco and Los Angeles on Friday with higher amounts in the mountains just inland. Five to eight feet of snow may fall in the Sierra Nevada before the storm ends by early Monday. Winds gusts may reach 60 to 70 mph in the mountains and 50 mph in central California. Snow will be on the increase across the Great Basin into Idaho and Utah. On Saturday, the powerful storm will continue. Southern California could pick up as much as 4 inches of rain in the valleys and along the coast with higher amounts in the lower elevations of the mountains. Flooding will again become a significant problem. Flood watches and wind advisories are already in effect for the Los Angeles area. A high wind watch has posted for the San Francisco area. Snow will continue across the Great Basin and increase over the Rockies where some accumulations will be measured by the foot as well. Locally gusty winds will continue over much of the West. Meanwhile, Rain and snow will fall over parts of washington and Oregon this weekend. Even Seattle may see some snow.


Meanwhile, a winter storm over the Northeast has begun to wind down. Some snow and freezing rain will continue over parts of Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine into the overnight hours.

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