The nations weather

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Posted: Dec 07, 2011 4:36 AM
The nations weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Wednesday, December 07, 2011.

A cold front along the Eastern Seaboard will help to spin up a coastal storm on Wednesday. The storm will bring heavy rain to the Mid-Atlantic and portions of the Southeast. In addition to the heavy rainfall, strong winds will develop along the coast, with southerly winds kicking up large surf that will cause beach erosion and minor to moderate coastal flooding along the bays and shorelines of southern Long Island. The storm will intensify overnight into Thursday as the low really starts to gather strength. By Thursday morning, the storm will have moved off the coast and is expected to wrap cold air around its western flank and produce some hefty snowfall totals in the higher elevations.

Out west, another day of pleasant conditions is in store along the Pacific coast through the Rockies and Southwest as high pressure remains firmly in place.

The northern Rockies and High Plains will see a brief period of snowfall on Wednesday as a relatively dry trough moves through the northern tier, snowfall amounts will be generally less than a few inches. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -20 degrees at West Yellowstone, Mont. to a high of 85 degrees at Inverness, Fla.