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National Weather at 745pm January 29 2005


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East Storm and West Storm - Thing 1 and 2

7:48 P.M. ET 1/29/2005


J. Wilson, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel





During the day Sunday as low pressure takes shape off the Outer Banks, rain will linger over eastern North Carolina and then finally exit by evening. With the precipitation finally finished and temperatures rising well above freezing everywhere in the Southeast, melting will rapidly take away the last vestiges of the sleet and ice. Across the southern Appalachians and western North Carolina where accumulations are more substantial, the snow and sleet is going to hang around for a while. The strengthening Atlantic storm will be slow to push eastward Monday and Tuesday so clouds and gusty winds will linger from Delaware Bay to northern Florida. The surf will be up along the southern Mid-Atlantic and Southeast Coasts and the rip currents will be dangerous. Meanwhile, a Southwest system will produce 4-to-8-inches of snow across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles on Sunday and rain across much of the rest of Texas. As part of the Southwest storm breaks off and streaks eastward Monday, rain will extend from southern Texas to southern Mississippi with a few rumbles of thunder along the northwest Gulf Coast. Temperatures over the next few days will range from the 40s (Oklahoma to North Carolina) to the 60s and a few 70s around the Gulf.



An upper-level system will set up shop over the Southwest. Overnight and Sunday, heavy snow, sometimes accompanied by thunder, will shift from the higher elevations of Arizona to southern Colorado plus the mountains and northeast Plains of New Mexico. Accumulations will range from 4 to 8 inches in the high Plains to just over 12 inches in the most favored locations in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The Southwest will be much quieter on Monday but showers and mountain snow could return to eastern Arizona, New Mexico and southwest Texas on Tuesday. Sunday and Monday, Santa Ana winds could be on the increase in Southern California. Meanwhile, Pacific disturbances will clip northwest Washington with rain. Temperatures Sunday through Tuesday will be in the 20s, 30s and 40s over the interior, the 50s western portions of Washington and Oregon and the 50s and 60s lower elevations of California and the Desert Southwest.



Once the snow exits the Ohio Valley overnight, the Midwest is going to have a fairly quiet next 5 or 6 days. One upper-level disturbance will move from the Dakotas to the lower Missouri Valley on Monday producing a corridor of flurries from the western Great Lakes to the Ozarks. On Tuesday, a second upper-level disturbance streaking across the northern tier could bring flurries to the Upper Midwest. Thursday and Friday, showers may inch out of the Southwest and southern Plains into Kansas and Missouri. Temperatures will range from the not-too-hard-to-take 20s and 30s along the Canadian border to the 40s from Kansas to the Ohio Valley. Next weekend, a strong arctic high could bulge southward over the Plains with snow and strong winds.



After the excitement in the southern Mid-Atlantic Sunday, the Northeast could be quiet weather-wise right through next weekend. On Sunday, a developing storm off the North Carolina Coast will linger snow over the mountains of West Virginia and western Virginia where a few spots could finish up with between 5 and 10 inches of snow, possibly mixed with a little sleet. Snow and sleet that develops across northern Virginia, southern Maryland and southern Delaware could lay down 1 to 3 inches. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain will fall from south-central and central Virginia to the Delmarva area and temperatures could edge just above freezing in this zone. Southeast Virginia will have a chilly rain. On Monday and Tuesday with the storm only slowly tracking further out into the Atlantic, the precipitation will be gone but gusty winds will linger along the Mid-Atlantic coast. Once the storm is passed, high temperatures in the coming week will generally range from the teens and 20s north to the 40s in Virginia.

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