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National Weather: Rain Drenches Much Of US

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The East was expected to remain quite active on Saturday as a complex of low pressure systems rotated through the area.

These storms were to carry a significant amount of moisture that was to translate to widespread precipitation from the Upper Mississippi Valley through the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The heaviest rain was forecast to fall in southern New England in the morning and the rest of New England into Sunday.

Rain in the Ohio Valley was expected to become scattered showers by the end of the day as the main low pressure system slid slightly to the east.

All in all, this means that the East was to experience widespread prolonged precipitation that was to threaten some areas with flooding. Flood Watches and Warnings were posted for the Mid-Atlantic into southern New England in anticipation of this threat.

Meanwhile in the West, a Pacific storm was expected to continue pushing inland into the Intermountain West and Northern Rockies. A good amount of cold air was to accompany this storm, producing high elevation snow from the Cascade Mountains in the Northwest through the Great Basin. The Central Rockies were forecast to experience the bulk of the precipitation from the storm on Sunday.

The Northeast was expected to rise into the 40s and 50s, while the Southeast was to see temperatures in the 50s and 60s. The Northern Plains were to rise into the 30s and 40s, while the Northwest was to see temperatures in the 30s, 40s, and 50s.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday ranged from a low of -8 degrees at Shirley Basin, Wyo. to a high of 85 degrees at Miami, Fla.

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