Rain was falling in northern Texas and Oklahoma early Friday, and scattered showers were forecast along a front stretching into West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
By afternoon, scattered thunderstorms were expected in the Tennessee and Lower Mississippi valleys and the mid-Atlantic region. Partly cloudy skies and muggy conditions were forecast across the Deep South and southern Texas.
In the Great Lakes and northern Plains, warm temperatures and mostly sunny skies were expected. Isolated showers were possible in the afternoon and evening in the western Dakotas, eastern Montana and higher elevations of the central Rockies.
In the West, morning clouds over the Pacific Northwest and western Great Basin were expected to clear out. Scattered showers and thunderstorms were possible in the eastern Great Basin and Four Corners region.
Mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures were forecast for California and the Desert Southwest.
Highs on Friday were forecast in the 50s and 60s in eastern New England; 60s and 70s in the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, Rockies and Great Lakes; and 70s, 80s and 90s in California, the Desert Southwest, the Plains, the mid-Atlantic states and the South, with some 100s in parts of Texas.
Temperatures across the Lower 48 states on Thursday ranged from a high of 104 degrees in Gila Bend, Ariz., to a low of 24 in Stanley, Idaho.
On the Net:
National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov
University of Michigan site: http://yang.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet
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