Friday, November 20, 2009

Weekend forecast: No break from Northwest's storms

By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
The assault of storms continues this weekend in the Pacific Northwest, as another powerful system is forecast to slam ashore with heavy rain and snow late Saturday and into Sunday. Most of the rest of the nation should enjoy a mild weekend, as the intensely cold air remains bottled up in Canada and Alaska. Nuisance rain will dampen the South today and Sunday.

Nasty Northwest: The remnants of the storm that hammered the Northwest on Friday will move into the northern Rockies Saturday, bringing heavy snow and strong winds to the region.

Yet another powerful storm will roar into the Northwest Saturday night, spreading a new round of rain and snow across Washington, Oregon and Northern California"

Heavy rain is likely at lower elevations, while heavy snow will fall across the Cascades and Sierra Saturday night and Sunday and into the northern Rockies on Sunday. More than a foot of snow is likely at the highest elevations.

Soggy South: A rainstorm will slog across parts of the South Saturday and into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic on Sunday. No heavy volume or flooding is forecast.
Saturday, as low pressure moves into the northern Gulf Coast, rain will spread up the lower Mississippi Valley and into the Southeast. The heaviest rain is likely in southern Louisiana and Alabama. By Sunday, most of the rain will spread into Georgia, the Carolinas and the Mid-Atlantic.

Holiday outlook: There are no severe thunderstorms predicted anywhere in the USA over the weekend. Also, the tropics remain quiet as the official end of the Atlantic hurricane season approaches on Nov. 30.


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