- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

A major Pacific storm was bearing down on the West Coast on Sunday that was expected to bring winter-like conditions and precipitation from the coast through the Rockies.

Rain and high elevation snow were likely through the West Coast states, with the Sierra Nevadas of California receiving the largest amount of precipitation. Winter Storm Warnings were posted for the Sierras, where 2 feet of snow was predicted.

The storm was also to pull substantially cold air into the West, drastically lowering snow levels to only a couple thousand feet by Sunday morning.

As the storm moves inland, it was to produce ample snowfall in the Great Basin and Rockies. Similar Winter Weather Advisories were in effect for the area.

The storm was also to cause high winds. Much of the Southwest was under wind advisories. A large portion of New Mexico had gone as far as to issue Red Flag Warnings in anticipation of strong winds and low humidities.

Late in the day, a tremendous push of warm, moist air was to thrust into the Northern Plains, instigating significantly heavy rain from Kansas through the Dakotas. Many rivers in the area were forecast to crest above their respective flood stages so residents in the area were advised to monitor their local weather conditions.

Temperatures were to be in the 30s and 40s in the Northeast; 60s and 70s in the Southeast; 70s and 80s in the Southern Plains; and 40s and 50s in the Northwest.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states on Saturday ranged from a low of minus 3 degrees at Clayton Lake, Maine, to a high of 91 degrees at Gila Bend, Ariz.

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On the Net:

Weather Underground: http://www.wunderground.com

National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov

Intellicast: http://www.intellicast.com

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