Weather across the nation: 1/26/13

6:55 PM, Jan 26, 2013   |    comments
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Active weather persisted in the Southwest, the Northwest, and parts of the Northeast on Saturday as multiple weather features affected the nation.

In the West, a low pressure system moved over the Desert Southwest and into the Rocky Mountains. This pulled in abundant moisture from the Pacific Ocean and brought heavy rain showers to most of Arizona and New Mexico, with heavy snow to Utah and western Colorado.

Snowfall accumulation ranged from 5 to 10 inches in these areas, with over a foot in areas above 8,500 feet. Heaviest rainfall was reported in Sedona, Ariz., with a midday total of 1.33 inches. Flood advisories have been issued for parts of the Desert Southwest, while winter weather warnings and watches have been issued across Utah and Colorado.

Meanwhile in the Northwest, another low pressure system moved eastward over the Pacific Northwest and pulled a cold front eastward with it. This system triggered rain, freezing rain, and snow showers from western Washington and Oregon, through the Intermountain West and into the Northern Plains.

A warm front extended ahead of this system as it moved eastward and toward the Northern Plains. Scattered snow showers developed north of this front from North Dakota through Minnesota and Wisconsin.

In the East, wintry precipitation diminished early on Saturday as a frontal boundary and associated low pressure system moved offshore of the East Coast. A few scattered snow showers lingered over the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast, but significant precipitation had ended.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................83 Falfurrias, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Amelia, La.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-25 Cook, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-65 Fairbanks Eiels, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................56 Minchumina, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.33 Sedona, Ariz.

ON THIS DATE....... The world record for 12-hour rainfall was set on this date in 1980 when Grand Llet in the South Indian Ocean (east of Madagascar) recorded 46 inches of rain. The 24-hour rainfall record belongs to Cilaos on La Reunion Island (76 inches of precipitation) and was set in 1952.

The Associated Press

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