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[March 04, 2009]  (AP)  Heavy rain and snow were to persist in the West on Wednesday, while the East was to see bitterly cold temperatures.

A cold front was to move through northern California and Oregon, triggering moderate to heavy rain with snow at higher elevations.

HardwareRain and snow showers in Oregon were to diminish by afternoon with less than an inch of new precipitation. But the Sierra Nevadas were to see up to 2 feet of new snow.

Light and scattered snowfall was to extend into the northern Rockies, with less than an inch of new snow anticipated. The central Rockies were to see strong winds with gusts up to 35 mph.

The Mid-Atlantic states were to see temperatures about 15 degrees below normal, while overnight lows below freezing were to extend into the Southeast. The extreme Northeast was to see some light lake-effect snow. Snowfall accumulation of less than 1 inch was expected in northern New York.

Meanwhile, the central U.S. was to see windy conditions. The southern Plains were to experience 25 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 30 mph.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states on Tuesday ranged from a low of minus 22 degrees at Pellston, Mich., to a high of 89 degrees at Pecos, Texas.


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