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Weather across the nation: 3/8/13

4:25 PM, Mar 8, 2013   |    comments
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Precipitation diminished in the East on Friday, while a strong winter storm moved across the Southwest.

A low pressure system moved over Southern California and into the Desert Southwest and brought abundant moisture in from the Pacific Ocean. This triggered heavy rain showers and high elevation snow showers across the southern half of California, far southern Nevada, most of Arizona, and into Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico.

Heaviest snowfall was reported in Forest Lakes, Ariz., with a midday total of 11 inches, while rainfall totals ranged from 1 to 2 inches across Southern California and Arizona. As this system advanced northeastward throughout the day, the storm pushed moisture into the Great Basin as well as the Central and Southern Rockies, and produced increasingly heavy precipitation.

Winter storm advisories have been issued from the Southwest through the Upper Midwest. At the same time, the leading edge of this system pulled moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico, which allowed for scattered showers and thunderstorms to pop up across the Southern and Central Plains.

These storms have not yet turned severe, but there was a chance of severe thunderstorm development in northern Texas.

In the East, a strong low pressure system slowly moved offshore, allowing for heavy rain and heavy snow showers to taper off for the coast of New England from New Jersey through southern Maine.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Fort Stockton, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................82 Edinburg, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Iron Mountain, Mich.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-37 Point Lay, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................77 False Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.22 Payson, Ariz.

ON THIS DATE....... The residents of Brinkley, Ark., found themselves directly in the path of an F4 tornado on this date in 1909. The tornado claimed 49 lives and destroyed 800 buildings. The tornado was part of a large tornado outbreak of 7 tornadoes to touchdown in the state that day.

The Associated Press

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