The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: Oct 17, 2010 7:17 AM
The nation's weather

Rain was predicted Sunday in California and parts of the Southwest, while a high pressure system was expected to keep the eastern half of the country dry, with cool to pleasant conditions expected in the Southeast.

With a Pacific low pressure system approaching the West Coast, rain was likely to increase in the southern half of California and into parts of the Southwest. The storm should produce snow above 8,000 feet in the Sierra Nevadas. There could also be isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon.

The storm was predicted to continue producing showers in the southern half of California for the next few days.

While the East and Southeast should remain dry, cold air was seen for the Upper Midwest and Northeast, keeping temperatures there cold to end the weekend.

The warmest part of the country is expected to be in the Southwest as warm flow from Mexico will keep temperatures in the 70s, 80s, and some 90s.

The Northeast was predicted to rise into the 40s, 50s, and 60s, while the Southeast was likely to see temperatures in the 70s and 80s. temperatures in the 40s and 50s were seen for the Northern Plains, while the Northwest was expected to see temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday ranged from a low of 18 degrees at Cut Bank, Mont. to a high of 96 degrees at Needles, Calif.