The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: Dec 03, 2011 5:02 AM
The nation's weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011.

Wet weather was expected to develop across the Central U.S. on Saturday, as a low pressure system moved into the Southern and Central Plains from the Southern Rockies. The system was expected to pick up additional moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, while cold air poured in from western Canada and the Rocky Mountains. This was expected to produce a broad area of wintry precipitation with snow and freezing rain likely across Nebraska and Kansas. The southern side of this system was capable of producing some scattered thunderstorms across Oklahoma and Texas. Meanwhile, high pressure building in behind this system was expected to continue bringing cool and dry conditions to the Western U.S. The Rockies and Northern Plains were expected to see highs in the 20s and 30s, while overnight lows ranged in the teens. East of this low pressure system, a cold front was expected to extend northeastward into the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Due to prevailing cool temperatures, light snow showers were expected to develop along this frontal boundary. Snowfall accumulations were expected to range from one to three inches.

Meanwhile in the East, a ridge of high pressure was expected to bring another dry and mostly sunny day to the eastern U.S. A warming trend was expected to persist from the southeast through the northeast.

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The West Coast was expected to remain dry as high pressure built in from the Pacific Ocean. Strong winds were expected to gradually diminish across central and southern California. Sunny skies and pleasant conditions were expected across the West Coast. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday ranged from a morning low of -13 degrees at West Yellowstone, Mont. to a high of 82 degrees at Harlingen, Texas