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The nation's weather
The nation's weather
By The Associated Press

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, Feb. 04, 2012.

A strong winter storm was expected to continue moving across the nation, bringing heavy snow to the Midwest and heavy rain to the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys. The system was expected to move from the Central Plains and into the Midwest, pushing a cold front over the Mississippi River Valley and into the Tennessee Valley. Flow around this system continued pushing warm and moist air northward from the Gulf of Mexico. This was expected to allow for scattered and thunderstorms to develop from the Gulf coast through the Tennessee Valley. Some of these storms were expected to turn severe with strong winds, large hail, and periods of heavy downpours.

Meanwhile the northern side of this system was expected to continue pulling cool air in from the North. This was expected to kick up more snow showers from Nebraska and Kansas, through Iowa and Illinois. Snowfall accumulations were expected to range from 3 to 6 inches in these areas, with winds from 25 to 35 mph. Blizzard advisories have been issued for these areas, as heavy snowfall and strong winds will produce near white-outs and dangerous road conditions.

Please take caution while traveling through the Central U.S.

Elsewhere, high pressure allowed for dry and quiet weather to persist over the West Coast. Strong offshore flow created dry and breezy conditions which were expected to increase fire danger over parts of the Southwest and southern California. Meanwhile, in the East, high pressure also remained the dominant weather feature for the Northeast. This brought another sunny day with mild temperatures.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday ranged from a morning low of -16 degrees at West Yellowstone, Mont. to a high of 86 degrees at Harlingen, Texas

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