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Winter storm watches for the Southern Plains, heavy rains continue for the South

8:11 P.M. ET 2/1/2005


Anthony Diaz, Meteorologist, The Weather Channel



The threat of precipitation on Tuesday will be confined to the Deep South from Interstate 40 to the Gulf Coast. An upper-level disturbance and intruding cold air will be the setup for significant snow from north central Texas to southern Missouri overnight Tuesday into Wednesday. Winter storm advisories are in effect as this area could see anywhere from two to six inches of snow. The threat of wet slushy snow includes the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex where one to two inches of accumulation is expected.


East of the snow, a significant rain event will continue from Louisiana to northern Florida. Heavy rain associated with the occasional thunderstorm is forecasted for most of the Deep South with the greatest concentration from the I-20 corridor to the Gulf Coast. This will continue for two days as the developing area of low pressure moves out of the western Gulf and moves across the Southeast.


Foggy conditions in the Midwest will continue overnight Tuesday and Wednesday morning. Warm temperature, high dew points and lingering snow cover will induce the fog event from Minnesota to the Red River Valley over to the Southern Great Lakes.. The rising sun will help to break up the widespread fog area, but patchy dense fog will be a problem even into the afternoon hours Wednesday. Use extra precautions when traveling through this area.


In the West, 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.

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