NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Across the East, high pressure kept partly cloudy skies from the Northeast to the Southeast while clouds and showers moved into the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley ahead of a cold front. Rainfall amounts were generally light. Lake effect snow showers continued in Michigan, with 3 to 4 inches of snow reported in northern Michigan and higher amounts in the Upper Peninsula.
In the central region, the cold front moved through the Midwest earlier in the day. Snow showers developed and pushed from the Dakotas and Minnesota to the southeast. 6 inches of snow fell in Vermillion, MN; 5.5 inches in Giles, WI; 4.0 inches in Charlotte, IA; 3.5 inches in Fulton, IL; and 1.5 inches in Princeton, MO. The front brought showers and thunderstorms to the Lower Mississippi Valley during the evening. A lightning strike in Waskom, Louisiana caused a fire in a salt water disposal tank. Gusty winds were observed in the southern Plains during the morning hours.
Further to the West, snow showers also developed across areas of the northern Rockies and northern High Plains. Snowfall accumulations up to 18 inches fell near the Rob Roy Reservoir in Wyoming while 6 inches fell in Buford, WY. Clouds moved into the Great Basin, California, and Pacific Northwest as a low pressure system near the coast started to affect the region. Skies were clear in the Desert Southwest.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............88 Alice, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............88 Alice, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)...............3 Grand Marais, MN
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)..............-27 Grand Marais, MN
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................64 Medicine Park, OK
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............1.09 El Dorado, AR
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1786, a coastal storm system produced over 18 inches of snow at Morristown, NJ and New Haven CT. Coastal flooding in Nantucket, MA caused major damage.
In 1972, the temperature in Livingston, MT dropped from 52 degrees to 18 degrees in 20 minutes. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
In 1982, record warmth occurred in New York Citys Central Park. 72 degrees set the warmest high for the month.
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