Undated (AP) _ Northern Lower Michigan braced for as much as a foot of snow today as low pressure developed along a cold front, triggering winter storm watches for northwestern Illinois and the Lake Michigan shore areas of Wisconsin as well.

Warm, wet weather was predicted from the Appalachians up the East Coast. Gusty winds and heavy rain were expected to lash the East Coast by Friday before warm weather returned late Saturday.

Southern California looked for more of the gusty Santa Anas that buffeted some mountain areas Wednesday with winds of up to 40 mph. A wind advisory remained in effect for Southern California's mountain areas and below canyons and passes along the coast.

A storm system developing rapidly off the northern Pacific Coast was expected to bring high winds and heavy snow to parts of Washington and Oregon by today.

Winter storm warnings were in effect today for Oregon's Cascade Mountains.

A high wind watch was posted for the coast of Washington and northern Oregon today. Strong winds also were forecast for western Montana.

Fog and drizzle enveloped New England and formed in the valleys of California.

Rainshowers extended from Texas across the central Gulf Coast states into the mid-Atlantic region Wednesday with scattered thunderstorms from southeastern Texas to northern Georgia.

Afternoon thunderstorms Wednesday produced nearly 2 inches of rain and high winds at Baton Rouge, La. One mobile home was destroyed and two buildings and four other mobile homes were damaged.

A cold front dumped snow on parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Light snow extended from eastern Kansas into southern Iowa.

Wednesday's coldest reading in the lower 48 was 6 below zero at Truckee, Calif. The nation's hot spots Wednesday: Fort Myers and Orlando, Fla., at 85 degrees.

Other reports at 3 a.m. EST today:

-EAST: Albany, N.Y., 32 cloudy; Atlanta 52 rain; Boston 42 cloudy; Buffalo 30; Charleston, S.C., 67 partly cloudy; Chattanooga 54 rain; Cincinnati 50 drizzle; Cleveland 35 fair; Detroit 35 foggy; Hatteras 66 cloudy; Jacksonville 64 fair; Key West 76 fair; Knoxville 49 rain; Macon 66 cloudy; Miami 74 fair; New York 44 cloudy; Philadelphia 48 rain; Pittsburgh 44 showers; Portland, Maine, 32 foggy; Richmond 49 rain; Tampa 68 fair; Washington, D.C. 48 showers.

-CENTRAL: Birmingham 56 rain; Bismarck 18 fair; Chicago 39 thunderstorms; Denver 26 fair; Des Moines 29 windy; Fort Worth 41; Indianapolis 47 cloudy; Kansas City 28 windy; Little Rock 46 fair; Louisville 52 drizzle; Memphis 54 cloudy; Nashville 55 rain; New Orleans 72 windy; North Platte 16 fair; Oklahoma City 34; Rapid City 31 windy; St. Louis 51 windy; Minneapolis-St. Paul 20 fair; Sault Ste. Marie 30 cloudy; San Antonio 50 fair.

-WEST: Albuquerque 21 fair; Anchorage 14 snow; Boise 32 fair; Casper 19 partly cloudy; Fairbanks -4 snow; Great Falls 35 windy; Honolulu 69 partly cloudy; Las Vegas 37 fair; Los Angeles 60 fair; Medford 32 cloudy; Pendleton 37 cloudy; Phoenix 50 fair; Portland, Ore., 39 cloudy; Reno 25 fair; Salt Lake City 24 fair; San Diego 54 fair; San Francisco 50 fair; Seattle 43 cloudy; Spokane 35 cloudy.

-INTERNATIONAL: Calgary 28 partly cloudy; Montreal 36 cloudy; Ottawa 36 cloudy; Regina 1 fair; Toronto 32 fair; Winnipeg 14 cloudy; Mexico City 55 fair; Acapulco 77 windy; San Juan 71.