The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: Jun 08, 2012 6:16 AM
The nation's weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Friday, June 08, 2012.

Expect thunderstorms to persist in the Deep South on Friday, as well as the North-Central US. As a ridge of high pressure builds over the Eastern US, dry and mild conditions persist for the Eastern Valleys. However, in the South, a frontal boundary stalls over the northern Gulf of Mexico, producing more heavy showers and thunderstorms from Florida through central Texas. Moisture for the Gulf will feed energy into this system, which will allow for some storms to turn severe with periods of heavy rainfall and strong winds. Expect rainfall totals to range from 1 to 2 inches, with over 2 inches possible in areas of severe thunderstorm development.

To the North, a low pressure system sweeping across central Canada will push a cold front through the Northern Plains and into the Great Lakes by evening. This will kick up showers and thunderstorms across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, some of which may turn severe across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin with damaging wind gusts and large hail.

Meanwhile, out West, a trough of low pressure and associated cold front produces showers as it moves from the Pacific Northwest into the Northern Rockies. High pressure over the Southwest will keep fire danger high across Utah, Arizona, and New Mexico. Expect another warm, dry, and breezy day for these areas. Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 19 degrees at Stanley, Idaho to a high of 97 degrees at Palm Springs, Calif.