Clouds, showers and mountain snow were moving through northern sections of the West early Saturday, while dry weather was taking control in most other parts of the nation.
Persistent rain was forecast to fall in the Pacific Northwest, with totals approaching 2 inches in some areas. Up to half a foot of snow was expected in the northern Rockies, Cascades and Sierra Nevada.
Strong winds were forecast to accompany the storm in the Northwest, with gusts exceeding 50 mph in some locations.
A low-pressure area was expected to pull away from the Northeast and Great Lakes, although clouds and scattered showers were likely to linger in Michigan and western New York. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain was expected, with sleet, snow and freezing rain mixing in at times.
Dry, calm conditions were forecast for the Southwest, Southeast and most of the nation's midsection.
Highs on Saturday were forecast in the 20s and 30s in the northern and central Rockies, northern Plains and upper Midwest; 40s in the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, southern Rockies, central Plains and Great Lakes; 50s in northern New England, the Ohio and Tennessee valleys, southern Plains and northern California; 60s in southern California, Texas, the lower Mississippi Valley and coastal Northeast; 70s along the southern Atlantic coast and in the Desert Southwest; and 80s in Florida.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states on Friday ranged from a high of 83 degrees in Fort Myers, Fla., to a low of 2 below zero in Alamosa, 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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