The nation's weather

February 25, 2012 - 5:05 AM

Dry conditions were expected to return to the East on Saturday, while the Northwest was to see another wet day.

A low pressure system over the Northeast was to advance northeastward and further into eastern Canada. A cold front associated with this system was to push off the East Coast, bringing an end to severe showers and thunderstorms for the Mid-Atlantic and Gulf states. However, the northern side of this system was to continue pulling moisture onshore from the Atlantic Ocean, allowing for a few light snow showers to develop over the extreme Northeast.

Snowfall accumulation was expected to range from 2 to 4 inches across parts of Maine and the Northern Appalachians.

Behind this system, high pressure was to build over the Plains and pull cool air in from Canada. Dry and chilly conditions from the Plains through the Eastern Valleys were expected.

Meanwhile, out West, a low pressure system was to move onshore from off the coast of British Columbia. This was expected to push in abundant Pacific moisture, triggering more rain showers with high elevation snow showers from the Pacific Northwest, through the Intermountain West, and into the Northern Rockies.

Three to 7 inches of new snow was expected across the Cascades, while 2 to 5 inches was likely across Idaho and western Montana. A cold front was to stretch southward from this system, bringing light rain showers to far northern California. Strong winds were to develop south of this system from central California through the Great Basin and Central Rockies.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday ranged from a morning low of -6 degrees at Pinedale, Wyo. to a high of 91 degrees at Stuart, Fla.