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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 4:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 4:37 AM

Weather Underground Forecast for Tuesday, February 04, 2014

A surge of low pressure will move northeastward from the central Gulf Coast to the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday, while a separate area of low pressure will move across the central Rockies and the central Plains.

A very active weather system is expected to develop across the central and eastern thirds of the country on Tuesday due in part to several waves of low pressure. The first area of low pressure will move northeastward from the central Gulf Coast during the morning and produce rain and thunderstorms along the Gulf of Mexico and the Southeast. By midday, freezing rain, sleet and snow will develop from the the lower Mississippi Valley, across the Tennessee Valley and into the southern Ohio Valley. By Tuesday evening, freezing rain will shift northeastward over the Mid-Atlantic. Heavy snow is also expected to move across parts of the upper Midwest, the northern portion of the Ohio Valley and into the Northeast.

A separate area of low pressure will move out of the Southwest and over the Intermountain West and central Plains on Tuesday, as heavy snow can be expected across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and northern Oklahoma. Freezing rain will also be possible in parts of northern Texas and eastern Oklahoma.

The West Coast is expected to stay clear of wet weather as a ridge of high pressure builds over the eastern Pacific.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of -27 degrees at Sterling, Ill. to a high of 87 degrees at Immokalee Regional Airport, Fla.

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