A storm system was pushing rain and snow through the nation's midsection early Saturday, while another system moving onshore from the Pacific was beginning to spark rain showers in northern California.
An area from the Missouri Valley to the Gulf Coast was forecast to get rain showers and storms, with some producing hail and wind speeds exceeding 50 mph.
Snow and other wintry precipitation was expected further north, stretching from the Great Plains to the western Great Lakes. Some areas were likely to get up to 6 inches of snow.
Showers were expected to increase throughout the day in northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Over a half inch of rain was possible in some parts of California, while the mountains of the Northwest were likely to get up to 10 inches of snow in the highest elevations.
Lingering snow showers were expected to drop up to 4 inches of snow on the highest peaks of the central Rockies.
Clear, calm weather was forecast for the Southwest, southern California, the Great Basin and throughout the East Coast.
Highs on Saturday were forecast in the 20s and 30s in the Northeast, Great Lakes, Upper Midwest, northern Plains, Great Basin and northern and central Rockies; 40s in the Pacific Northwest, Sierra Nevada, southern Rockies, Ohio Valley and mid-Atlantic states; 50s in the Carolinas, Tennessee Valley, central Plains, most of California and the Southwest; 60s in the Deep South; and 70s in southern Texas and the Florida Peninsula.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states on Friday ranged from a high of 79 degrees in Harlingen, Texas, to a low of 8 below zero in Big Piney, Wyo.
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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