The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: Oct 16, 2011 4:55 AM
The nation's weather

Florida will see more heavy rain and strong winds, while the Great Lakes and Midwest experience scattered showers Sunday.

A low pressure area over the northwestern Caribbean and southern Gulf of Mexico continues to trigger heavy rains, strong winds and dangerous surf from the Yucatan Peninsula across Cuba and into Florida and the Bahamas. This system has lingered over the region for a few days, raising the threat of flooding, landslides and mudslides in some areas.

Rainfall totals across Florida are expected to range from 2 to 4 inches on Sunday. This area of low pressure remains under a 20 percent chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.

Meanwhile in the North, a low pressure trough developed as it moved off the northern Rockies and will continue moving eastward, over the Upper Midwest and into the Great Lakes and Midwest on Sunday. This system will trigger scattered showers with a few possible thunderstorms, but severe storms are not anticipated.

To the south of the trough, a ridge of high pressure dominates from the southern and central Rockies and on across the central and southern Plains into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states. This system ensures another warm and sunny day across the southern U.S.

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Temperatures will range 10 to 20 degrees above seasonable for the central Rockies and central Plains, with highs reaching into the 70s and 80s. Temperatures ranged Saturday in the lower 48 states from a morning low of 24 degrees at Gunnison, Colo., to a high of 96 degrees at Phoenix, Ariz.



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