Video: Election Day weather

updated 11/2/2004 3:29:11 PM ET 2004-11-02T20:29:11

Some of the voters lining up at polls across the country are facing gloomy weather. Rain fell from Texas to the lower Great Lakes on Tuesday, and snow made travel hazardous in parts of New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle.

Showers and a few thunderstorms stretched from southern Texas across Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, western Kentucky, southern Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and western Pennsylvania,

Showers and isolated snow showers also were scattered over the upper Great Lakes early in the day, and light showers spread into New York state and parts of northern New England during the afternoon.

The heaviest rain fell across the area of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana, with totals of up 2 inches in isolated areas by the middle of the day.

Snow fell across parts of eastern New Mexico and the Texas Panhandle

Up to 7 inches fell in the Texas Panhandle, with more snow likely, and election officials warned voters to be careful on their way to the polls.

Only a couple of inches of snow fell in eastern New Mexico, but it combined with ice and poor visibility to close some highways during the morning. Stranded travelers filled hotels in Raton and Las Vegas and schools were closed in Clovis and Texico.

Rain was scattered across North Texas and parts of Oklahoma.

In the Northwest, rain fell across parts of Washington state and northwestern Oregon. Showers turned to snow at higher elevations of northern Idaho and western Montana.

Tuesday’s temperatures around the Lower 48 states ranged from a morning low of 3 below zero at Leadville, Colo., to a midday reading of 88 at Naples, Fla. The lowest wind chill was 14 below at Leadville.

Below's a look at the Tuesday forecast in key battleground states:


-- In Little Rock, rain is expected with a high of 66 degrees, and a low of 61.


-- A winter storm warning remains in effect until midnight, Tuesday. An additional snowfall of two to three inches can be expected, with storm total accumulations ranging between eight and twelve inches. North winds of 20-40 miles per hour will continue to cause significant blowing and drifting snow and near whiteout conditions. In Denver, the expected low is 17 degrees.


-- The day should be partly cloudy in Jacksonville, with a high of 85 and a low of 65 degrees.


-- Partly cloudy in Honolulu with a high of 88 degrees.


-- Mostly cloudy in Des Moines with a high of 50; partly cloudy in Sioux City with a low of 36 and a high of 49.


-- The forecast calls for rain in Flint, with a low of 43; in Grand Rapids, voters can expect a mostly cloudy day with a high of 50 degrees.


-- Partly cloudy in Duluth with a low of 32 degrees, and a high of 46.


There’s a heavy snow warning over New Mexico’s Southern Sacrament Mountains tonight. A cold front will drift slowly eastward through the southern part of the state tonight, producing areas of heavy snow over the mountains. An additional six to eight inches of snow accumulation can be expected by early Tuesday morning. Wind gusts to around 30 miles per hour will combine with falling snow to create very low visibilities. People should avoid traveling until the storm ends later Tuesday morning. In Santa Fe the forecast calls for a partly cloudy day with a low of 20, a high of 42 degrees.

-- Thunderstorms are expected in Dayton, with a low of 57 and a high of 64.


-- It should be a rainy day in Eugene, with a low of 47 degrees.


-- A rainy day on tap in Erie, with a low of 49 degrees, a high of 60.


-- Chilly, and mostly cloudy in Green Bay on Tuesday, with a low of 40 degrees.

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