- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Pacific Northwest is bracing for a major storm as an active weather front moves over the region.

Widespread rain and snow in higher elevations is forecast, with the heaviest precipitation being in the mountainous regions of Northern California, Oregon and Washington.

Considerable moisture will also spill into the Intermountain West where snow fall is expected to be heavy. Winter weather advisories are in effect for much of Idaho and western Montana.

In the East, a stubborn front will continue to linger from the Gulf Coast through the Mid-Atlantic coast. Rain and some thunderstorms are forecast for the region. But as the front gradually moves east, precipitation will taper off.

New England and the middle part of the country will remain dry and cool to mild.

Temperatures in the Northeast will rise into the 40s and 50s, while the Southeast will see temperatures in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The Southern Plains will rise into the 60s and 70s, while the Northwest will see temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 Saturday ranged from a low of minus 5 degrees at Yellowstone, Wyo., to a high of 87 at Plant City, Fla.

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On the Net:

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

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

Intellicast: https://www.intellicast.com

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