More rain and high-elevation snow were anticipated in already soaked Washington and Oregon, and rain was expected to steadily move into California. The Sierra Nevadas could receive a foot of snow.
The low pressure system that caused flooding in the Northwest this week was moving off the eastern seaboard and into the Atlantic Ocean. Rain was expected to taper off in the Mid-Atlantic, but lake-effect snow in western New England was likely to continue.
Significant moisture sliding through the Rockies and into the Plains was expected to bring snow and freezing rain to the region before sliding into the Great Lakes. Several inches of snow were forecast for Iowa.
The Northeast was expected to rise into the 20s and 30s, while the northern Plains and upper Midwest were to be even colder. The Southeast was forecast to rise into the 50s, 60s and 70s, while the Northwest was to see temperatures in the 30s and 40s.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday ranged from a low of minus 20 degrees at Hallock, Minn., to a high of 88 degrees at Laredo, Texas.
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