Tonight's Storm Watch



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Winds Ease Up in the Northeast

M. Ressler, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel
Dec. 28, 2008 6:25 pm ET

A fast-moving storm system unleashed damaging wind gusts over the Great Lakes Sunday, particularly during the morning hours. Winds hit 75 mph in Buffalo, N.Y.; 68 mph in Van Buren Township, Mich. and 63 mph in Watertown, N.Y. The strongest winds have moved into the St. Lawrence River Valley. Winds across the Northeast will calm down overnight.

Widespread minor river-and-stream flooding--along with some moderate flooding and isolated major flooding--is occurring from Michigan to Missouri thanks to recent rapid snowmelt and warm 1-to-2-inch rains. Temperatures are dropping now stemming the snowmelt, however, and no additional rainfall is likely in the near future.

In the West, winter storm warnings are widespread in mountain locations. Heavy snow will leave a foot or more of fresh accumulation in the Washington Cascades, the Bitterroots, the mountains of central Idaho and the Tetons by Monday morning.

Avalanche warnings, for an extremely dangerous situation, are posted for the Cascades.

In lower elevations, flood watches and warnings have been issued for southwestern Washington and western Oregon where rain has been falling on top of melting snow. In the northwest corner of California, rain totals in the last 24 hours or so have been between 3 and 7 inches and a flood warning is in effect.

High wind warnings are in effect for some locations east of the Continental Divide in Montana and Wyoming where isolated gusts as high as 70 to 80 mph have battered some wind-prone areas. More high winds are likely later Monday into Tuesday and high wind watches have already been posted for southeast Wyoming and the northern half of the Colorado Front Range.

Rain that is causing a mini-ice storm in northeast Montana will dump several inches of snow across the northern half of North Dakota and northern Minnesota Monday morning. Winter weather advisories have been issued.

Then winter storm watches are already in place from eastern Montana to northwest Minnesota for a more significant snow and wind event Monday night into Tuesday as a second storm zips eastward across the northern tier.

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