The nations weather

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Posted: Feb 28, 2012 4:42 AM
The nations weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, February 28, 2012. The big story for Tuesday will be a major snow storm that will roll out of the Rockies and into the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. This will be the first snow storm in quite some time for what has been a quite mild Winter. Blizzard Watches are in effect from the Northern Plains through Wisconsin as blustery winds up to 30 mph will blow the newly fallen snow into air, reducing visibility to near zero throughout the day. Most of the snow in the Plains will not arrive until the afternoon or evening and over a foot of new snow is possible for many areas after the snow is over.

Along the cold front, rain will fall from northern Texas through the Central Plains.

In addition to the rain snow, the storm will be quite strong in terms of wind. As the storm rolls through the Rockies, strong winds are expected in the Great Basin and the Southwest, instigating Wind Advisories that warn up 55 mph wind gusts.

In the West, a Pacific storm will slam into the West Coast, renewing some much-needed rain and high elevation snow as far down as Northern California. This precipitation will continue moving southward Wednesday, bringing some snow to the Sierras and rain to the Bay Area.

Mostly dry conditions are expected for the eastern seaboard, with the only notable precipitation expected in the morning in New England.

The Northeast will rise into the 30s, 40s, and 50s, while the Southeast will see temperatures in the 60s and 70s. The Northern Plains will rise into the 20s and 30s, while the Northwest will see temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of -16 degrees at Harvey, N.D. to a high of 87 degrees at Fort Myers, Fla.