The nations weather

AP News
Posted: Jan 02, 2012 4:49 AM
The nations weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Monday, January 02, 2012.

Active weather will persist in the northeastern quadrant of the nation on Monday as a low pressure system lifts into eastern Canada and it 1/4's associated cold front exits much of the Eastern Seaboard. Scattered rain showers and snow mixed with freezing rain and sleet will form ahead of the cold front throughout the Northeast as the low lifts northeastward into Quebec and the northern edge of the front pushes across the coast. The southern end of this front will drop southward across the Florida Peninsula with light to moderate rain showers. Meanwhile, blustery northwest winds on the backside of this low will colder air across the Upper Great Lakes, causing a significant lake-effect snow event downwind of the Upper and Lower Great Lakes. Areas of the northern peninsula of Michigan, western Michigan, northeastern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania, and western New York should expect the heaviest lake-effect snow showers as much of the snow-belt experiences snow accumulations up to 12 inches with local areas of up to 18 inches. Winter Weather Advisories, Winter Storm Warnings, Lake-Effect Snow Warnings and even a few Blizzard Warnings will remain in effect for these areas through the evening. In addition to snow, strong northwest winds of 20 to 30 mph gusting to 40 mph will increase travel difficulty in these areas with periods of blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibilities.

In the West, the next frontal system will reach the Pacific Northwest coast Monday morning with moderate rain showers. This precipitation will change over into snow once it spreads into the higher elevations of the Cascades. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of -3 degrees at Pinedale, Wyo. to a high of 84 degrees at Ramona, Calif.