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Lake-effect snow warnings remain in effect

1:56 P.M. ET 1/17/2005


B. Bernard, Senior Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



Lake-effect snow warnings remain in effect for areas downwind of Lakes Superior, Erie and Ontario this afternoon. Portions of Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula (south of Lake Superior) could pick up another 2-5 inches of snow by this evening, while areas in the more persistent snow bands southeast of Lake Erie and south of Lake Ontario could see up to 2 feet (total) by tomorrow morning.


In western Washington, flood watches (and for the Skokomish River, flood warnings) remain posted as heavy rain is expected to persist into Wednesday. East of the Washington Cascades, where very cold air is trapped at the surface, freezing rain (icing) is expanding in coverage. Freezing rain has also spread into the Columbia River Gorge and passes through the Washington Cascades. Roads in Spokane are becoming treacherous as freezing rain falls into temperatures in the 20s, and vehicles using Snoqualmie Pass (I-90) must have tire chains as icing in the pass is severe.


Winter storm warnings have been issued for northeast Washington, northern Idaho and northwest Montana. Freezing rain will ice valleys in the area through tomorrow morning, while 10-16 inches of snow are forecast to coat the mountains above 4000 feet.


Strong winds remain threats in various parts of the West, too. A high wind warning for westerly gusts up to 60 mph is posted for the eastern slopes of the northern Montana Rockies. High wind warnings are also in effect for the Oregon and southern Washington coasts where gusts over the headlands and exposed beaches may hit 65 mph through tonight.

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