The Nation's Weather

Tuesday, November 4th 2008, 6:05 am
By: News On 6

Wet weather was forecast Tuesday for the West Coast, the Great Basin and the mid-Atlantic, while unseasonably warm Election Day temperatures were expected in the Plains and New England.

A low pressure system was predicted to bring rain and strong winds with gusts possibly reaching 50 mph to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. One to 2 inches of rain were forecast in lower elevations, while several inches to a foot of snow were expected in the mountains.

Light rain was forecast in California. Winter weather advisories were issued for the northern Rockies and the Great Basin.

The Plains were also expected to be breezy, with gusts up to 30 mph in some areas, as a low pressure system moves through Canada and high pressure lingers in the East. The system could trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms in the northern Plains, where temperatures in the 60s and 70s could persist.

A low pressure system was forecast to bring scattered showers and thunderstorms to the mid-Atlantic. No more than a half-inch of rain was expected to fall as the system moves northward along the East Coast. New England was predicted to remain mostly sunny, with highs in the 60s.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states on Monday ranged from a low of 18 degrees at Berlin, N.H., to a high of 87 degrees at Weslaco, Texas.