A winter storm pushed along the East Coast early Saturday, threatening to bring more than a foot of snow to some areas. Lighter snow accumulation was forecast for the Great Lakes region.

Mostly sunny skies were expected in the central states, though some flurries were possible in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

In the West, another high pressure ridge was forecast to keep the weather in check, except for the northern Rockies where up to 6 inches of snow was in forecast.

The Pacific Northwest was expected to remain mostly cloudy. Scattered rain showers were on tap for coastal areas of Washington and northern Oregon. Light snow was forecast for the Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges.

High temperatures Saturday were expected to in the single digits and 10s in the Dakotas, Upper Mississippi Valley and Midwest; 10s and 20s in the Rockies; 20s and 30s in New England and the Missouri, Ohio and Tennessee valleys; 30s in the southern Plains; 30s and 40s across the Deep South, Lower Mississippi Valley and Carolinas; 40s and 50s in Texas and the Pacific Northwest; 50s and 60s in the Gulf Coast; and 60s and 70s in California and the Desert Southwest.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday ranged from 88 in Santee, Calif., to 15 below zero in Gunnison, Colo.


On the Net:

National Weather Service: http://iwin.nws.noaa.gov/iwin/graphicsversion/bigmain.html

Intellicast: http://www.intellicast.com/LocalWeather

Weather Channel: http://www.weather.com

UM Weather (University of Michigan): http://cirrus.sprl.umich.edu/wxnet