Quiet weather to continue for contiguous United States through this week

Kansas City, Mo. – Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012 – NOAA forecasters said weather conditions will be mild for the rest of this week, with limited precipitation and mostly sunny skies.

High pressure over the eastern two-thirds of the United States will be reinforced by additional high pressure moving southeastward out of west-central Canada to the Upper Midwest by Thursday. A front will swing across the upper Mississippi Valley and the upper Great Lakes on Thursday, producing light snow near the western end of Lake Superior.

Upper-level energy moving over the central Gulf Coast will produce showers and thunderstorms over southern Georgia and parts of Florida with rain over parts of the southern Appalachians into the Carolinas by Thursday evening.

Another system will produce rain along the Pacific Northwest Coast with snow at higher elevations by this afternoon. Snow and lower elevation rain will develop over parts of the northern Rockies, decreasing to scattered pockets by this evening.

See today’s Hazards Map at http://www.weather.gov/largemap.php and the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center threats map at http://origin.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaad1.gif.

Forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center said there are no organized areas of severe weather development in the forecast for the next 8 days.

Weather hazards expected in Middle America today are in restricted areas of the northern Plains, northwest Wyoming and Colorado.

Dense fog caused visibility problems until late morning in northeast Montana and northwest North Dakota. Forecasters said the fog was mainly in areas that had received snow over the weekend.

The higher elevations of Colorado were expected to see 30-40 mph winds today, mostly above the 10,000-foot level.

In northwest Wyoming, snow is expected to last into late afternoon or early evening over the Teton and the Gros Ventre Mountains, including Togwatee Pass. Forecasters were expecting 4-8 inches in the Tetons and 3-6 inches in the Gros Ventres.

NOAA precipitation forecasts for the coming five days may be found on the web site at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml.

Local National Weather Service office web pages are available at http://weather.gov; select the desired location. All segments of the U.S. weather and flood forecasts and outlooks are available through the NOAAWatch briefing page at http://www.noaawatch.gov/briefing.php.

Contact:  Public Affairs Specialist Patrick Slattery (816) 268-3135

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