The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: Mar 27, 2012 4:54 AM
The nation's weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, March 27, 2012. A pair of storms will move through the country Tuesday, producing pockets of active weather.

In the West, a storm will slam into the West Coast, instigating widespread rain and high elevation snow from Central California through Washington. Winter Storm Watches are posted for the mountains of California where up to 2 feet of new snow is possible above 6,000 feet. This is potentially good news for a state that experienced well below average precipitation this past Winter.

Another storm will race through the Dakotas and Minnesota before heading toward Lake Superior. Its associated cold front will drape itself from Texas through the Ohio Valley where it will produce rain and scattered thunderstorms. There is also a chance of severe weather including strong thunderstorms and isolated tornadoes from eastern Kansas through Illinois.

In the East, a high pressure system will continue to provide dry conditions along the eastern seaboard, adding to the possibility of afternoon temperatures near 90 in parts of the Southeast.

The Northeast will rise into the 30s and 40s, while the Southeast will see temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The Southern Plains will rise into the 80s, while the Northwest will see temperatures in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of 15 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a high of 87 degrees at Natchitoches, La.