NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the eastern third of the nation, light snow continued over ME with little accumulation. Light showers and flurries moved through TN/KY into VA/NC/SC. The rain changed over to snow over SW VA/NW NC with some accumulation. Rain with thunderstorms moved through FL and S GA and shifted off the coast this evening. Lingering lake enhanced snow continued over W PA/NW NY and OH.
Over the center of the country, light snow continued from MI and northern WI. Accumulations were light, but some areas in the central and eastern U.P. and northern Lower MI had amounts in the 2-4 inch range. Light showers continued over S TX.
Out West, rain and snow spread into WA/ID/W MT with some accumulation. A stronger storm system brought moderate rainfall over CA with high elevation snow. Heavy snowfall accumulation is expected at higher elevations.
WEATHER EXTREMES SO FAR TODAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............85 Hollywood, FL
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............85 Hollywood, FL
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............-21 Embarrass, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............-26 Bryce Canyon, UT
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................50 Marysville, CA
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............1.03 San Francisco, CA
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 2006, the third major winter storm affected the Western Great Lakes area. At the peak of the storm, snowfall rates of 2 to 4 inches along with thundersnow was reported from southwest to northeast Wisconsin and northern Lower Michigan. Widespread amounts of 10-14 inches reported from just north of Rockford Illinois to Alpena, Michigan. 12-14 inch amounts from Madison to Sheboygan and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
In 1989, a surge in Arctic air produced all time record high barametric reading over the western Great Lakes. Duluth, MN recorded a 31.08 inches reading, Milwaukee, WI 31.00 inches, and 30.97 over Chicago.
In 1969, a combination of freezing drizzle and heavy fog formed a heavy glaze on utility lines resulting in many broken power and telephone lines across northern South Dakota.
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