The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: Apr 01, 2011 4:42 AM
The nation's weather

Wet and snowy conditions will persist in the Northeast and New England on Friday, while seasonal conditions return to the West Coast.

A low pressure system sitting offshore of the Mid-Atlantic states will continue pushing ample moisture onshore. At the same time, this will pull cold air in from eastern Canada, allowing for a wintry mix of frozen rain and snow showers. In the northern Appalachians, 3 to 6 inches of snow down to 1,000 feet was expected with upslope areas likely to see up to 9 inches of new snow. Around Connecticut and Massachusetts, snowfall rates may be up to 1 inch per hour, with a total of 10 inches accumulation likely Friday. High temperatures in the Northeast will range in the mid- to upper 30s. The cold front that extended southward from this system will have moved offshore and into the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Thus, Florida and the Southeastern states will see a break from wet and stormy weather as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the Southern Plains.

Behind this system in the Central U.S., a mild trough of low pressure continues sweeping eastward and into the Midwest. However, temperatures will remain above freezing, thus mainly rain showers are anticipated.

In the West, a dominant ridge of high pressure that brought record breaking temperatures to California weakens and allows for cooler temperatures to return. A trough of low pressure dips into the Pacific Northwest and northern California, bringing a chance of rain showers while also pulling in cool air from the north.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday ranged from a morning low of 6 degrees at Antigo, Wis., to a high of 96 degrees at Palm Springs, Calif.