NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
In the East, lake effect snow continued across portions of the eastern Great Lakes, mainly across northern and western New York. Localized bands produced snow accumulations of 4-8 inches in some spots. Sinclairville, New York, received 8.5 inches of snow. Outside of the lake snows, cool and breezy conditions were common across the Northeast with occasional flurries in some spots. Little or no accumulation occurred. To the south, a large area of high pressure brought dry and seasonably cool conditions to the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, the Southeast, and Florida.
In the nation's mid-section, a storm system brought a myriad of precipitation to portions of the central and southern Plains, along with the Front Range of the Rockies. Scattered showers and thunderstorms pushed across the southern Plains and into the Middle and Lower Mississippi Valley through the afternoon and evening hours. A few localized storms became strong to severe. Quarter sized hail fell near Grandfield, Oklahoma. Gusty winds brought large tree limbs down near Lipan, Texas. To the north, an isolated tornado was reported near Johnson City, Kansas. Locally heavy rain accompanied these storms and brought flooding to some areas. Flooding occurred near Arlington, Texas, and high water stranded vehicles in some areas. Meanwhile, a mixed bag of rain, sleet, freezing rain, and snow occurred across the central Plains. Heavier snow amounts fell across portions of Nebraska with amounts varying from a couple inches to as much as 9 inches. Imperial, Nebraska, received 9 inches of snow. This caused a vehicle to become stranded west of town. This snow occurred across portions of northeastern Colorado with minor accumulations. Elsewhere, dry and cold conditions were common across the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest.
In the West, widely scattered rain and mountain snow showers were found across the northern and central Rockies. Snow accumulations in the mountains were around 1-5 inches. Rainfall totals were generally light. Isolated light rain and mountain snow showers were found across the Pacific Northwest. Rain and snow amounts were light. Elsewhere, dry and cool weather was common across California, the Desert Southwest, and the southern Rockies.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............89 Alice, TX
.............................................. McAllen, TX
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............91 McAllen, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............-1 Hazelton, ND
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............-7 Dickenson, ND
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................63 Guadalupe Pass, TX
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............4.48 Palacios, TX
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1940, a powerful blizzard killed 154 people across the Great Lakes and the Upper Midwest. 49 people died in Minnesota. 17 inches of snow fell across portions of Iowa and the barometer dipped to 28.66 inches of mercury in Duluth, Minnesota. Below zero temperatures and gale force winds made the blizzard 1 of the most destructive in Iowa history.
In 1955, an Arctic outbreak sets record low temperatures across Oregon and Washington. Readings were near zero in western Washington and fell to minus 19 degrees in portions of eastern Washington.
In 1991, thunderstorms became severe in Connecticut and large hail to the size of golf balls fell across portions of Connecticut during the early morning hours.
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