A strong ridge of high pressure was expected to keep skies mostly clear and dry in the East on Saturday, while states in the northern Plains were bracing for snow.
Mostly fair, mild weather was forecast for the Mid-Atlantic, Carolinas, the Tennessee Valley, the Deep South and the Gulf Coast. Scattered showers were expected in southern and central Florida.
Snow was predicted for parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. Accumulations of 1 to 4 inches were expected.
Up to 6 inches of snow was forecast for isolated areas of northern Nebraska, southern South Dakota, western Iowa and southern Minnesota, with blizzard conditions in some areas.
Cloudy but dry weather was forecast for Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas, and clear, dry skies were predicted over much of the West. Strong winds were expected in portions of New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada and California. Scattered showers were expected over coastal Oregon and Washington.
Highs on Saturday were forecast in the 30s in the northern Plains; the 30s and 40s in the Rockies, New England, Mid-Atlantic and central Plains; the 40s in the Four Corners; the 40s and 50s in the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, southern Plains and coastal Pacific Northwest; the 50s and 60s in the Carolinas, Tennessee Valley and Great Basin; the 60s in the Deep South, Gulf Coast and Florida Panhandle; the 60s and 70s in the Desert Southwest and coastal California; and the 70s in the Florida peninsula and along the Texas coast.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states on Friday ranged from a high of 80 degrees in Thermal, Calif., to a low of minus 9 in Gunnison, Colo.
On the Net:
National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov
University of Michigan site: http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet
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