The nations weather

AP News
Posted: Oct 25, 2011 4:39 AM
The nations weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, October 25, 2011.

Precipitation will return to the Great Lakes on Tuesday as a storm pushes east from the northern Plains into the region. Rain will be heaviest throughout northern Michigan and portions of Wisconsin where rainfall amounts could reach one quarter of an inch or more. Clouds from this storm will spread from thee Great Lakes region south and west through the Plains, but the Northeast will remain mostly clear throughout the day. Some cloud cover will move into New England late in the day, mostly close to the Canadian Border from New York to Maine.

Despite the abundant sunshine in the Northeast, temperatures will be on the cool side, with highs expected to be in the upper upper 40s to mid-50s for most locations. Towards the Mid-Atlantic region, temperatures will be higher, rising into the upper 50s and 60s.

The Southwest will see precipitation on Tuesday as well with thunderstorms expected to develop throughout the elevated terrain across Arizona and New Mexico. Some of these thunderstorms could bring sustained precipitation to small areas and as always localized flash floods could occur.

In the West, Tuesday will be a transitional day. Cool temperatures are expected throughout the region as a trough that moved in on Monday pushes out to the east. Temperatures will begin to warm a bit in the afternoon as that trough leaves the area, and wind gusts are expected to die down substantially. The real change will come on Wednesday when high pressure rebuilds into the West and offshore winds develop across California, posing a risk for wildfires. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of 17 degrees at Gunnison, Colo. to a high of 93 degrees at Houston, Texas