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Storm Brings Freezing Rain to East

December 5, 2002

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A large winter storm was moving through much of the East early Thursday, bringing freezing rain to parts of the South threatening to deposit up to half a foot of snow on some areas further north.

Ice accumulations of up to half an inch were possible by late morning in parts of the Carolinas and southern Appalachians being hit by freezing rain storms.

Snow showers were likely throughout much of the Northeast, with 2 to 4 inches expected in most locations. Totals were forecast to reach 4 to 6 inches by early evening in parts of southern New York and New England.

Rain showers and isolated thunderstorms were expected throughout much of the Deep South and Gulf Coast. With some of the strongest storms, heavy downpours and winds of up to 45 mph were possible.

Most of the rest of the nation was forecast to see calm, dry conditions. The only major exceptions were portions of Michigan, where up to 2 inches of snow was possible, and the Pacific Northwest, where scattered rain was likely with the approach of a front in the afternoon.

Temperatures on Thursday were forecast in the teens and 20s in the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and northern New England; 30s in the mid-Atlantic states, Ohio and Tennessee valleys, and Great Plains; 40s in the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, northern Texas and much of the Deep South; 50s in southern Texas and the Great Basin; 60s and 70s in California and the Southwest; and 80s in Florida.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday ranged from a high of 83 degrees in Marathon, Fla., to a low of 18 below in International Falls, Minn.

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On the Net:

National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov

Intellicast: http://www.intellicast.com

University of Michigan site: http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet

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