Good morning folks,
I hope you had a good weekend.
West Staying Stormy
Mark Avery, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Nov. 3, 2008 5:38 am ET
Unsettled conditions will continue across the West this week as a series of disturbances will keep the chance of rain and mountain snow going.
The next one will begin to impact the West Coast today with an increasing chance of rain along the Northern California, Oregon, and Washington Coasts by this afternoon.
Snow levels will begin to drop the night progresses tonight, with heavy snow possible in the Sierra Nevada and Wasatch Mountains; winter storm watches are posted in these ranges.
Rain and snow will pick up in the Rockies tomorrow and tomorrow night and continue into Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the Pacific Northwest will continue to stay wet all the way into the weekend.
Cooler temperatures will also spread across the region after a warm weekend.
Highs today will range from the 30s and 40s in the Mountain West to around 90 in the Lower Colorado River Valley.
Much of the South will enjoy a sunny and warm day, with above average temperatures.
However, at the Southeast Coast, an upper level low and a developing surface low will combine to bring a chance of rain and wind from the southern Georgia through the Carolinas to Virginia over the next few days.
Rain and wind will really pick up as the day progresses tonight into tomorrow along the Carolina Coast.
By mid to late week, winds will begin to subside and rain chances will also decline as the system moves up the coast, with only a few showers possible near the North Carolina Sounds and the Virginia Coast.
Over the Southern Plains, showers and thunderstorms will begin to develop along and ahead of a cold front that will develop late tonight and (more so) early on Tuesday in the Plains.
Thunderstorm chances will move into the Lower Mississippi Valley on Thursday and across the Southeast on Friday before reaching the Southeast Coast this weekend.
Behind the cold front, much cooler temperatures will move in.
Highs today will range from the low 60s in northern Virginia to the mid 80s in the Rio Grande Valley.
A warm front will lift northward through the region today bringing warmer temperatures for the week ahead.
An upper level disturbance over the Great Lakes will bring a chance of a few showers to the interior Northeast today and tonight.
The coastal low that is forecast to develop off the Southeast Coast in the next day or two will begin to bring a chance of rain and wind to the Mid-Atlantic tomorrow and slowly spread up the coast Wednesday and Thursday before the low kicks out to sea ahead of a much stronger system that will develop in the Plains.
That Plains system will bring a chance of rain and cooler temperatures to the region late in the week and into the weekend.
Highs today will generally be warmer than yesterday, ranging from the mid 40s in northern Maine to the mid 70s in western West Virginia.
Most of the Midwest will be warm and dry today, with only a few showers this morning near the central Great Lakes from a passing upper level disturbance.
A more significant chance of rain will develop across the region midweek as a storm system will take shape in the High Plains tomorrow.
Showers will develop over the Northern Plains and Upper Mississippi Valley tomorrow, with storms stretching down to the Central Plains on Wednesday, spreading through the Mississippi Valley on Thursday and through the Great Lakes & Ohio Valley on Friday.
In the cold air behind the system, snow is possible in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest late week.
Highs today will be warm for this time of year, ranging from near 60 around Lake Superior to the upper 70s in the Central Plains, Mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys.
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