The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: May 08, 2011 5:10 AM
The nation's weather

A mix of weather is expected Sunday as some areas of the country see rain and others stay warm and dry.

The wettest will be the Northwest as a Pacific storm moves onto the West Coast. This storm will scatter widespread rain from the coasts of Washington and Oregon through central Montana and Wyoming. Rain also is possible as far south as central California. A few inches of late-season snow also is possible along the western slopes of the Sierras.

In addition, this storm will increase the wind along the West Coast, leading to gusts up to 50 mph in the lower elevations and much higher in the higher elevations.

In the East, an area of rain and a few thunderstorms will move through the Appalachians and the southern Mid-Atlantic on Sunday morning.

Dangerous fire weather will continue in the Southwest and Southern Plains due to very dry weather and gusty wind. Residents should be careful as any spark can lead to a deadly and dangerous fire.

Temperatures in the Northeast will rise into the 70s, while the Southeast will see readings in the 80s and 90s. The mercury in the Southern Plains will rise into the 90s and 100s, while the Southwest will see temperatures in the 80s, 90s, and 100s. The Northwest will rise into the 50s and 60s. Temperatures in the lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of 26 degrees at Gunnison, Colo., to a high of 99 degrees at Pecos, Texas.



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