The nation's weather

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Posted: Nov 13, 2009 8:41 AM

The remnants of Tropical Storm Ida were expected to continue pushing up the East Coast and leave more wet weather over the Mid-Atlantic and New England on Friday.

Flow around the system was forecast to pick up abundant moisture from the Atlantic and spread widespread scattered showers inland. Up to a half inch of rain was expected.

The slow moving system could also allow for another day of coastal flooding as strong winds continue creating high tides. Waters were expected to remain 2 to 3 feet above normal along the coasts of the Carolinas and the Virginias.

Cool and breezy conditions were expected with highs remaining in the 50s along the East Coast with strong winds gusting up to 45 mph.

To the northeast, high pressure was forecast to hover over the Great Lakes and extend into the Northeast. Mostly sunny skies were expected with high temperatures reaching into the upper 50s in the Midwest. Clouds were expected to be pushed by Ida into the Northeast and bring cool conditions with highs in the 40s.

In the Plains, a low pressure system was forecast to advect in from the Rockies. The system was expected to create a frontal boundary that could lead the system and stretch over the Northern Plains, moving into the Upper Midwest by evening. Cloudy skies were expected to accompany the front with a few light showers. Highs were expected to remain in the 50s in the North, while the South could see another pleasant day in the mid-70s.

Out West, a cold front was forecast to linger over the Pacific Northwest. The system was not expected to advect eastward, but it could bring another day of scattered showers with rainfall amounts near an inch and snowfall accumulations between 2 inches and 3 inches in the mountains.

On Thursday, temperatures in the Lower 48 states ranged from a low of 13 degrees at Saranac Lake, N.Y. to a high of 84 degrees at Tucson, Ariz.