A low pressure system off the New Jersey Coast was forecast to gradually move northeastward Wednesday and Thursday.
It was expected to continue to transport Atlantic moisture across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, resulting in continued showers and thunderstorms from eastern Ohio Valley and northern Mid-Atlantic to lower Great Lakes and New England. By Thursday morning, the Mid-Atlantic should completely dry out, but the eastern Great Lakes and Northeast would still be soaked in rain.
Moving to the midsection of the nation, a dry cold front over the Northern Plains would continue to sag southeast Wednesday, ushering much cooler air across much of the Midwest and Great Lakes. Farther south, a ridge of high pressure was forecast to dominate across the Southern Plains, Gulf States and Southeast, providing warm and dry weather.
Out West, a low pressure system that persisted over California over the last several days would remain nearly stationary Wednesday and begin to advance eastward Thursday. This system would continue pulling Pacific moisture across the southwestern U.S. Energy from the system would set off showers and thunderstorms over parts of California, the Great Basin, Southwest and southern Rockies. In addition to precipitation, the cold pool of air was expected to keep temperatures below seasonal averages over the next few days. In the Northwest, mild and dry weather was anticipated under high pressure.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday ranged from a low of 22 degrees at Leota, Mich., to a high of 93 degrees at Philip, S.D.
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