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National Weather at 855pm January 18 2005


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Snowy and windy for the Northeast

8:55 P.M. ET 1/18/2005


Sr. Meteorologist, Tom Moore, The Weather Channel





A relatively weak area of low pressure will sweep into the Great Lakes overnight and then eastward on Wednesday. The result will be some snow and gusty southwesterly winds. The one good thing is that temperatures will be somewhat warmer, at least for a short period of time. Snowfall will generally range in the one to three inch range but some higher elevations may see five or six inches. High temperatures on Tuesday will range from the teens in northern sections of New England to the 30s around the Chesapeake Bay. Wintry weather conditions and the possibility of a significant weekend storm are all in the forecast.



One weather system will exit the Midwest overnight but another one will clip along through the Upper Midwest by late Wednesday. Look for some snow from eastern North Dakota through much of Minnesota and a wintry mix across the border area of North and South Dakota. Another more potent system will move in on Friday. High temperatures on Wednesday will range from the single digits around the Canadian border to the 60s in western Kansas and Oklahoma.



Flood warnings and watches will remain widespread across parts of western Washington and Oregon from recent heavy rains. A ridge of high pressure aloft pushed much of the rain into Canada on Tuesday and several cities enjoyed record highs. Portland, Ore., experienced their highest January temperature on record as the mercury soared to 66 degrees. Seattle had a record high for the date with 60 degrees. More rain will fall on Wednesday, especially in northwest Washington. Snow levels will remain well above the mountain passes. Meanwhile, the rest of the West will stay dry and mild with temperatures well above mid-January averages. Elsewhere, it is downright warm across parts Southern California and Arizona with highs in the low 80s.



Much of the Southeast has endured a winter chill over the past couple of days but relief is on the way. High temperatures on Wednesday will rise to the 60s across much of Texas and Louisiana and the 50s from Mississippi through southeast Georgia. It will even be warmer on Thursday. By the weekend, it will be quite mild west of the Mississippi but colder in eastern sections of the region.

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