NATIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY:
Winter sent a cruel reminder that it was just around the bend with blustery winds and a mix of rain and snow across the Northern Plains and Great Lakes. Much of the snow accumulation was confined to lake-effect prone areas in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and also portions of northern Lower Michigan where snowfall totals were reported to be between 2 and 6 inches. Sustained speeds in the Plains flirted with 30 mph at times, with numerous gusts above 50 mph. By the late evening, winds began to die down a bit, but snow continued across the Great Lakes. Another band of snow formed during the evening hours across the northern Appalachians and into New York where favorable upslope flow was found. Snow accumulations were generally under a trace in the lower elevations, with the higher elevations seeing 1 inch of snow.
Scattered showers formed in the Arklatex region during the latter portion of the day as well as the front plowed toward the Gulf Coast. Rainfall was generally light across the region, but a few lightning strikes were reported. Showers also slowly came to an end in Florida with dry air making its way towards Cuba. The western third of the country was mainly dry though the day on Sunday, with seasonable temperatures.
WEATHER EXTREMES FOR YESTERDAY:
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).............95 Yuma, AZ
HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..............92 Harlingen, TX
LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..............12 Stanley, ID
LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...............-7 Dickenson, ND
HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).....................68 Buffalo, SD
HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)............2.49 New Bedford, MA
ON THIS DATE IN HISTORY:
In 1843, a freak early season winter storm hit Mississippi with snow, sleet and freezing temperatures.
In 1972, a man and his wife were roused from their sleep due to rain beating down on them. The roof that would normally keep the rain out had just been removed by a tornado going through Crestview, Fla.
In 1988, a low pressure system brought snow and high winds to the Great Lakes and north central United States. Winds gusted to 47 mph at Lansing, Mich. and 55 mph at Pierre, S.D.
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