The nation's weather

AP News
Posted: Jun 09, 2012 6:38 AM
The nation's weather

Weather Underground Forecast for Saturday, June 09, 2012.

Areas of wet weather were expected for the Northwest and Northern Plains, while the Southeast was to see more showers and thunderstorms on Saturday. A low pressure system was moving over the Northern Rocky Mountains and into the Northern Plains. This was expected to kick up scattered showers and thunderstorms across the Dakotas, while lingering rain showers was persisting for the Pacific Northwest. Some of these storms may turn severe with strong winds and large hail. Rainfall totals were to range from 1 to 2 inches, with over 2 inches possible in areas of severe weather development.

The southern edge of this system was likely to create some strong winds across the Great Basin, Central Rockies, and Southwestern U.S. While high pressure was keeping these areas hot and dry, increasing winds and breezy conditions were keeping fire danger high over the region. Red Flag warnings were expected to remain in effect for Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of southern California.

In the South, strong storms were diminishing as a stalled frontal boundary weakens over the Gulf Coast. However, onshore flow was strengthening as high pressure advanced eastward and off the East Coast. This wpi;d push warm and humid air into the Gulf states, allowing for scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop. Areas of flooding were to remain of concern as this region has seen heavy rains and strong thunderstorms the past few days.