The nations weather

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Posted: Mar 02, 2012 5:56 AM
The nations weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, March 02, 2012.

Another active weather day is anticipated on Friday. In the East, showers, bands of heavy rainfall, and thunderstorms in the Deep South will move northeastward to the Ohio Valley and may turn severe with damaging gusts and possible tornadoes as the disturbance organizing in the Central and Southern Plains lifts northeastward. As this system progresses through the Mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys toward the Great Lakes, expect another shot of wintry precipitation and thunderstorms to develop parts of the in the Upper Great lakes. There is a moderate risk of severe weather ahead of this system 1/4's associated cold front in portions of Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi late Friday afternoon and overnight. The main concerns with these storms will be damaging wind gusts, hail, and possibly strong tornadoes. Residents in the moderate risk sector are encouraged to monitor their local weather conditions and take proper precautions against inclement weather.

Meanwhile, in the Northeast, high pressure will build in behind yesterday 1/4's low with a brief period of drier and calmer conditions.

In the West, high pressure will build in the eastern Pacific, bringing drier conditions to California and the southern Pacific Northwest. The northern Pacific Northwest will see another brush of light showers due to a warm front advancing toward the coast from the Pacific. Snow showers in the Intermountain West will wind down late Friday afternoon. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -16 degrees at Pinedale, Wyo. to a high of 87 degrees at Sanford, Fla.