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The Nation’s Weather

November 17, 1999

Snow flurries lingered over the Northeast today, while a storm system moved into the Northwest and heat again dominated the nation’s midsection.

Rain and snow were expected by tonight from California, Oregon and Washington into Montana and Wyoming. Up to 12 inches of snow were possible in the region’s mountains, with winds gusting to 30 mph.

More snow wasn’t expected in New England after more than 2 feet fell in some places on Tuesday. Blustery winds were creating below-freezing wind-chill readings across much of the Northeast.

Elsewhere in the nation, light and scattered snow showers were reported over the northern Plains and rain fell along the Gulf Coast.

Dry and mostly clear skies were forecast for the rest of the Midwest, Rockies and South.

In the Atlantic Ocean, warnings were posted for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as Hurricane Lenny churned to the northeast with winds of more than 100 mph. It was moving away from the U.S. mainland.

On Tuesday, the highest temperature in the continental United States was 90 degrees, in El Centro, Calif., and Gila Bend, Ariz. The low was 10 in Gunnison, Colo.

Highs today were forecast to reach the 30s and 40s in the Northeast, Great Lakes region, northern Plains and Northwest; the 50s in the Midwest; the 60s and 70s in the Southeast, Plains and West; and at least the 80s in the Southwest and Deep South.

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