Snowstorm Hits Northwest

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Bend, OR, Feb. 29 (AP)--A powerful storm pushed across parts of the West today, bringing snow to the mountains of Washington, Oregon and California. Gusty storms also moved across the Plains and Great Lakes.

Up to a foot of snow was possible by tonight in parts of the West, with 2 inches to 4 inches expected at lower elevations. The storm was likely to move into Nevada and Idaho.

The other major storm system was expected to bring thunderstorms to Nebraska and Kansas into Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan by tonight. More than an inch of rain was possible in some areas, as was large hail and 30-mph wind.

Generally clear and mild conditions were expected in the southern Plains, Southeast and Northeast, where a low pressure system was moving off shore after bringing cold, damp conditions to the area over the weekend.

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

The highest temperature in the continental United States on Monday was 85 degrees at McAllen, Texas. The low was 5 at Hayden, Colo.

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