NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Out West, a strong area of low pressure rode southeastward across the Northern Rockies bringing accumulating snows and some strong winds to Idaho, Montana, Utah, and Colorado. Many locations across the northern and Rockies saw temperatures drop twenty degrees from this morning as the cold front associated with the low pressure system crossed the region. A few thunderstorms affected parts of northern Arizona during the evening, but otherwise dry conditions were found from southern California eastward through Arizona and New Mexico.
In the Central U.S., heavy snows started the day across eastern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan with a few locations picking up a half foot of snow by mid-day. These snows moved off to the east by the late afternoon. Snows began to spread across the western Dakotas during the evening as an area of low pressure moved out of the northern Rockies.
Several inches fell through the evening hours. Quiet and dry conditions were found across most of the central and southern plains.
Across the Eastern U.S., a line of showers and thunderstorms moved eastward through the Ohio Valley through the morning hours and into portions of the northern Mid-Atlantic and New England through the afternoon. A few severe thunderstorms were reported across the region with reports of scattered wind damage and large hail across portions of eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey and even into portions of Long Island. By the evening, showers were changing over to light snow across much of northern Ohio and western Pennsylvania with only some light accumulations along the south shore of Lake Erie.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR SUNDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............90 Pecos, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)...............92 Miami, FL
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............3 Ely, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)............... 1 Evanston, WY
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH)......................60 Rifle, CO
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES).............1.47 Ocala, FL
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1829, a powerful storm brought hurricane force winds along the coast of the northeast US downing trees. In addition to the wind, 24 inches of snow fell at Providence, RI and 18 inches at Boston, MA.
In 1899, Ruby, CO began to dig out from 141 inches of snow that fell from one storm.
In 1997, early morning tornadoes killed two, and injured 27 as they moved across Tennessee and Kentucky.
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