More cold and snow was on tap for the Great Lakes and Northeast on Christmas Eve, while rain showers with occasional thunder were expected to the south. The rest of the nation was expecting clear to partly cloudy skies.
In the East, 1 to 3 inches of lake-effect snow was poised to fall on western Michigan, northern Ohio, and northwestern Pennsylvania; as much as 6 inches was forecast for parts of western New York.
Rain showers and thunderstorms with lightning and occasional heavy downpours were the main concern in Florida.
In the nation's midsection, Arctic high pressure was expected to produce frigid but dry conditions, with the exception of light snow forecast for northern Michigan and the Dakotas.
Clear to partly cloudy skies were on tap over the West, though a departing system was forecast to drop light snow on Montana.
High temperatures on Friday were expected in the single digits to the teens in the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley; negative single digits to upper 20's in the Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley; 20's to 40's in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic States, Southeast and Desert Southwest; 30's and 40's in the Pacific Northwest and Great Basin Region; and upper 40's to 70's in Florida and California.
The high in the Lower 48 states on Thursday was 84 degrees in Miami. The low was minus 31 in Cook, Minn.
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