NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Dry weather along the Eastern Seaboard will be replaced by wetter conditions overnight. A frontal system located from Wisconsin southward into western Tennessee and Louisiana will generate a long band of showers and a few thunderstorms this afternoon from the Great Lakes southward through Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and into the northern Gulf of Mexico. Heavy thunderstorms are expected from Louisiana eastward along the Gulf Coast into northern Florida. A few storms may become severe with large hail and strong wind gusts. Heavy rainfall will become an increasing threat later today and tonight along the Gulf Coast where 2-4 inches of rain may fall.
Low pressure located over southern Minnesota continues to produce heavy snow from the eastern Dakotas through western and northern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Blizzard conditions have been reported over parts of the eastern Dakotas with no travel advised in some areas. Another 3-6 inches of snow is expected across this area into tonight, with over a foot possible along the Lake Superior shoreline of northeastern Minnesota.
A few snowfall totals that have been reported from this storm include:
24.6 in. Deadwood, SD
22.0 in. Glen Ullin, ND
17.1 in. Bismarck, ND
15.0 in. Flasher, ND
12.5 in. Rapid City, SD
11.0 in Pelican Rapids, MN
10.8 in. Aberdeen, SD
8.5 in Fargo, ND
Cold air continues to hold across the Central and Northern Rockies into the western Plains. A few record low temperatures were set this morning including:
9 at Cedar Point, UT
14 at Hovenweep, UT
20 Dalhart, TX
20 Amarillo, TX
Another cold front is tracking through the northwestern U.S. bringing rain and significant mountain snow from Washington and Oregon into Idaho, western Montana and western Wyoming. Snow will spread into Utah and western Colorado later tonight with heavy accumulations expected in the mountains. Another round of rain will arrive along the Pacific Northwest coast tomorrow morning.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............87 Miami, FL
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)...............94 Miami, FL
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)................0 Baker, MT
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............-11 Leadville, CO
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................53 Ruidoso, NM
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............2.07 Sturgis, SD
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1923, the eastern U.S. awoke to bitterly cold temperatures. Thermometers read -34 degrees that morning at Bergland, MI. Temperatures were in the teens as far south as Georgia.
In 1987, a tornado touched down briefly during a snow squall on the south shore of White Fish Bay, near Bay Mills, WI. A mobile home had its roof blown off.
In 1990, there were more than eighty reports of large hail and damaging winds associated with thunderstorms across the South. Baseball size hail fell north of Bastrop, LA and damaging winds injured one person west of Meridian, MS.
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