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Weather across the nation: 1/5/13

7:11 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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Rain persisted in the South, a wintry mix of freezing rain and snow moved into the Ohio River Valley, and wet weather returned to the West Coast on Saturday.

Two areas of low pressure merged over the center of the nation. The system over Texas advanced northeastward over the Mississippi River Valley, while a trough over the Northern Plains slid southeastward. The system to the south pulled abundant moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico, which allowed for heavy rains to develop from eastern Texas through the Tennessee Valley.

 Cooler temperatures over the Midwest and Lower Over River Valley allowed for precipitation to fall as freezing rain and snow from Missouri through Indiana. Heaviest rainfall was reported in De Ridder, La., with a midday total of 0.93 inches of rain. Snowfall accumulation was light and ranged from 1 to 2 inches in most areas. Areas with freezing rain saw dangerous road and travel conditions.

Meanwhile in the West, a trough of low pressure approached the West Coast from the Pacific Ocean, and created a cold front that stretched southward. This system kicked up coastal rain showers across Washington, Oregon and far northern California, which brought snow to the mountains once it reached higher elevations inland.

Snow levels ranged from 4,000 to 3,000 feet, but dropped to 2,500 feet as the front moved onshore and brought cooler temperatures with it. Snowfall accumulation ranged from 3 to 5 inches.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Kendall, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Kendall, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-31 Kremmling, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-46 Alamosa, Colo.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................107 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.93 De Ridder, La.

ON THIS DATE....... One of the worst ice storms in United States history occurred on this date in 1998. Parts of New England and Canada were coated in three inches of ice, while four million people were without electricity. The storm caused $1 billion in damage and claimed the lives of 56 people.

The Associated Press

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