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National Weather at 805pm February 1 2005


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Rain reaches the Deep South. Texas snows move into the Midwest.

8:09 P.M. ET 2/1/2005


Anthony Diaz, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel




The southern branch of the jet stream will continue pumping out showers and thunderstorms throughout the night Tuesday. Wednesday the story changes little as subtropical moisture flows over the region, now expanding into the Deep South. Rain, showers and storms will continue from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Coast Wednesday. The heaviest of the rain and storms, however, will remain south of I-40 and will stretch to the Gulf Coast. On the back end of the rain area, the weak upper-level disturbance that brought snow to West Texas will move up through the Red River Valley sparking snow from Oklahoma to Southern Illinois. Temperatures across the region will be cooled by the falling precipitation. Temperatures 10 to 20 degrees colder than average will follow the precipitation across the South.



Ample moisture, relatively warm temperatures, and a stagnant wind field will again facilitate the formation of a large area of fog across the Midwest. From Minnesota to the Red River Valley and across the Ohio Valley conditions will worsen overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning as visibilities are reduced and travel conditions worsen. The fog will linger through the early part of the day Wednesday, but will burn off substantially by the afternoon hours, leaving only patchy areas shrouded in fog. Again, temperatures will remain relatively warm for the Northern Plains with highs some 15 to 20 degrees above daily averages.



Except for the possibility of light snow across central Colorado and the occasional light shower over Puget Sound the West remains very quite. Temperatures Wednesday across the region will be at or above seasonal average. The greatest departures can be found in the Northwest and along the immediate coast where highs will run five to ten degrees above average. A moderate Santa Ana event will continue in extreme southern California. Strong winds in the canyons will continue throughout the day and will range in speed from 25 to 35 mph, gusting to 45 to 55+ mph.



The story remains the same across the Northeast. High pressure is in total control and the region will experience a total lack of precipitation and seasonable temperatures. Wednesday morning’s lows will range from the single digits across New England to the teens in the big cities. It will be a chilly morning for Punxsutawney Phil with temperatures in the teens (and plenty of sunny skies to cast shadows). By the afternoon, temps will warm across the board into the 30s, right on par for the second day of February.

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