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National Weather at 730pm January 19 2005


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Setting up for a wild weekend

7:32 P.M. ET 1/19/2005


Anthony Diaz, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel





Out with the old, in with the cold. Snow will end overnight Wednesday as the clipper system which dropped snow from New England to the Carolinas exits. This departure will announce the emergence of a frigid arctic air mass. Afternoon temperatures will be mild on Thursday with highs in the teens and 20s for New England and 30s for the Megalopolis (several degrees warmer than Wednesday). By Friday, temperatures drop 10 to 20 degrees across the board. Highs will struggle to reach double digits in New England while the big cities fight with daily maximums in the teens. This cold snap also marks the return the snow. Snow showers will move in late Thursday and end during the day Friday.



The advance of a wave along a secondary boundary will bring snow yet again to the Upper Midwest overnight Wednesday into Thursday. Another one to three inches of snow can be expected for Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Chicago yet again. Temperatures Thursday will remain cold with highs in the teens north of I-94 and in the 20s southward.


This is a preview of what is to come this weekend as a more significant snowstorm develops and moves into the region overnight Friday into Saturday. A higher accumulation of snow is expected with the weekend storm. Stay tuned!



Reluctantly, showers return to the Pacific Northwest Thursday with the advance of an upper-level disturbance over the region. This will push the long fetch of sub-tropical moisture back over Washington and Oregon where swollen and flooded areas could pick up one to two inches of additional rainfall.


The rest of the West remains warm and dry under dominating high pressure situated over the Great Basin. Highs in the 60s will reach as far north as the Badlands and near-record heat is expected in the Denver area. The Desert Southwest will see maximum temperatures in the 70s with isolated pockets in the 80s. Los Angeles will be baking in the sun yet again Thursday with forecasted highs in the mid to upper 70s and nothing less than a cloudless sky.



Though not as chilly as we have seen in recent days, most of the mid and deep South will wake up Thursday to temperatures in the 20s and 30s. However with the daytime sun comes a warm-up not seen in a while. Afternoon highs are expected to reach the 50s for northern Alabama and Georgia as well as South Carolina. Sixties consume points southward, extending to the Gulf Coast and all of Florida with 70s for most of Texas. This trend continues Friday and Saturday before temperatures crash with the advance of an arctic push on Sunday.

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