Weather across the nation: 12/1/12

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Wet, snowy, and windy weather continued in the West on Saturday, while mild showers swept through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.

A low pressure system off the West Coast pushed another cold front over the West Coast.

This system pulled abundant moisture onshore with it, which produced more heavy rains and strong winds from Washington through Southern California. Snow also developed once this system reached the mountains.

Snow levels in the Sierra Nevadas remained high with accumulations from 4 to 8 inches above 6,500 feet. The Cascades saw 3 to 6 inches of snow above 4,500 feet. Many areas saw heavy rainfall with rainfall totals from 1 to 3 inches.

Flooding remained a concern for most areas from the Pacific Northwest through central California. High winds also accompanied this system with winds from 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 65 mph in the mountains.

To the east, moisture from this system reached well inland as the leading edge of the cold front moved over the Intermountain West and into the Northern Rockies. Cooler temperatures in these areas allowed for snow levels to range from 4,000 to 5,000 feet in some areas.

Thus, heavy snow spread from Idaho through Montana and Wyoming, with snowfall accumulations up to 12 inches at the highest elevations.

In the center of the nation, a weak cold front continued to move eastward through the Plains and into the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Temperatures remained above freezing on Saturday, so precipitation remained as rain showers for the region.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................88 Harlingen, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................89 Harlingen, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-6 Clayton Lake, Maine

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-50 Nabesna, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................61 Valdez Airport, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.93 Whiteman AFB, Mo.

ON THIS DATE....... December of 1831 was the coldest month on record for the Northeast. New York City averaged just 22 degrees the entire month as only four days had a high temperature above freezing. Even colder was Burlington, Vt., which never did get above freezing the entire month.

The Associated Press

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