A cold front strengthening over the Great Lakes inched toward the Appalachians and mid-Atlantic early Thursday, the first official day of winter. Clear skies dawned over much of the West.
A strong winter system churning through the East was expected to push snow from Kentucky through Michigan. The heaviest snowfall was predicted over Michigan, eastern Illinois, Ohio and Indiana.
Along the southern end of this system, a low pressure system was forecast to move out of Texas and through the Southeast, spreading rain to the Gulf Coast and a wintry mix to central Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
The rest of the East was expected to be dry early in the day as high pressure builds in New England and in the wake of the storms, though clouds were still expected to dominate the region.
Light and moderate snow was expected to taper off in portions of eastern Illinois and Wisconsin as the Eastern storm moves off. High pressure was building over much of the Plains.
More storms were brewing off the Pacific Northwest coast, threatening to launch rain showers from Washington to northern California and into Idaho.
Light to moderate snow was forecast in the higher elevations of Washington, Idaho and northern California along with scattered snow and powerful winds in Utah, Nevada, Montana and Wyoming.
Clear skies were expected to remain over the Southwest and provide dry conditions through much of the rest of the West.
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