Winter storm moves away from Southeast, leaving behind cold, sunny weather

Friday, January 4th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

A low pressure system that had dumped up to a foot of snow on much of the Southeast was moving away from the coast early Friday, making way for clear conditions in most of the East.

A few lingering flurries were forecast for eastern Virginia and North Carolina, but skies were expected to clear by midday.

A trough was expected to bring scattered snow showers to much of the Rockies, with up to 4 inches of accumulations possible in parts of Colorado and Wyoming. Late in the day, light rain and snow showers were forecast for western Texas and the west-central Plains.

A few inches of snow was possible in North Dakota, with snowfall dwindling by midday.

Coastal showers were expected in the Pacific Northwest by afternoon.

Highs on Friday were forecast in the teens in northern New England; 20s and 30s in the Northeast, Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, upper Midwest, northern Plains and central and southern Rockies; 40s in the Pacific Northwest, Great Basin, southern Rockies, central and southern Plains, mid-Atlantic states and most of the Deep South; and 50s and 60s in Florida, the Gulf Coast, southern Texas, California and the Southwest.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday ranged from a high of 73 degrees in Thermal, Calif., to a low of 20 below in Gunnison, Colo.