Southern soaker heads to Northeast
Kevin Roth, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Nov. 16, 2010 4:40 am ET
Moderate to heavy rain is expected in Tennessee, western North Carolina, western South Carolina, northern Georgia and northern Alabama today.
Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches is possible through early evening, especially near the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Morning rain gives way to scattered showers and thunderstorms in northern sections of Alabama and Georgia this afternoon.
Heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected in southeastern Alabama, northern Florida, southern Georgia and eastern South Carolina along the southern end of the storm today. Some thunderstorms could turn severe producing damaging winds, small hail and isolated tornadoes.
Lighter showers and a few thundershowers are possible in eastern North Carolina and Arkansas. The showers in Arkansas should taper off from west to east this afternoon.
High temperatures should hold in the 50s to middle 60s in northern areas today. High temperatures in southern Texas, the Southeast coast and Florida should reach the upper 70s to lower 80s. Elsewhere high temperatures should be in the middle 60s to middle 70s.
Rain and showers spread northward through the region today.
During the early afternoon the showers should be as far north as central New York and southern New England with the steadier and heavier rain into northern Virginia.
By early evening the showers should be creeping into northern New York and central New England with the steady rain lifting into southern New York and southwestern New England.
Extreme northern New York and northern New England are the only areas to remain dry today. The rain moves into those areas during the overnight.
Through tonight most interior areas should pick up 1 to 2 inches of rain with up to 1 inch of rain expected along the coast.
High temperatures should be in the 50s for most of the region today. In eastern Virginia high temperatures are expected to be in the middle and upper 60s.
Rain and showers from the eastern storm reach as far north and west the Ohio Valley and southeastern Michigan today. The steadiest and heaviest rain should fall in the eastern half of Kentucky, southern Indiana and Ohio. Up to an inch of rainfall is possible in those areas through tonight.
Another storm spreads rain and snow showers into the western part of the northern Plains this afternoon and evening. Snow showers are expected in western North Dakota with rain showers in western South Dakota and northwestern Nebraska. A few inches of snow are possible in western North Dakota through this evening.
A few flurries or sprinkles are possible in southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa, most of Wisconsin and northwest Michigan today. No significant snow accumulation is expected.
High temperatures hold in the middle and upper 30s in North Dakota, Minnesota, northern Wisconsin and northwestern Michigan.
In South Dakota, Iowa, central Wisconsin and northeastern Michigan high temperatures should be in the 40s this afternoon.
Elsewhere high temperatures should be in the 50s, although a few areas in the Ohio Valley could hold in the upper 40s due to the rain.
A storm system brings snow and some wind to Montana, western Wyoming, eastern Idaho, the mountains of northeast Utah and north-central Colorado today. Accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are possible in the lower elevations with 6 to 12 inches possible in the mountains.
In southeastern Montana, eastern Wyoming and the lower elevations of southeastern Idaho, northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado should have rain or mixed rain and snow showers with no snow accumulation.
A few snow showers are possible in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and northern Oregon today. A few areas could pick up 1 to 3 inches of accumulation.
Windy conditions are expected in southeastern Washington, northeastern Oregon and around the mountains of New Mexico today. Sustained winds of 15 to 25 mph and gust over 35 mph are possible.
High temperatures range from the 30s in the Rockies, Wyoming and Montana to the 70s in the Desert Southwest today.