The nation's weather

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Posted: Jan 28, 2012 6:00 AM
The nation's weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012.

The Northeast was expected to see a short break in wintry weather on Saturday, as another system moved into the Great Lakes. A low pressure system continued moving through the Great Lakes, over the Midwest, and up the Ohio River Valley. This system had little moisture associated with it, resulting in expected light snowfall accumulation. One to 3 inches of new snow across Michigan and the Lower Great Lakes was expected, while most of the Ohio River Valley was expected to see a messy combination of freezing rain and sleet. The tail end of this frontal boundary will move over the Mississippi River and into the Tennessee Valley. Scattered rain showers were expected to develop in these areas, but significant rainfall and thunderstorms are not likely. Strong and gusty winds were expected to develop in the wake of this system, as a ridge of high pressure builds in from the West. The Plains and Midwest will see gusts from 20 to 30 mph as this system passes.

Out West, a ridge of high pressure continued to build over the West Coast. This was expected to create offshore flow and produce another sunny day with increasing temperatures. In southern California, strong flow was expected to develop from the dry desserts of the Southwestern U.S. These were favorable conditions for a Santa Ana wind event, which was expected to increase fire danger as winds will range from 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 65 mph.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday ranged from a morning low of -13 degrees at Stanley, Idaho to a high of 87 degrees at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.