Weather across the nation: 3/6/13

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A major winter storm continued to plow through the eastern third of the country Wednesday, allowing significant snow to fall from the Ohio Valley through the Mid-Atlantic.

Nearly two feet of snow fell on parts of Virginia and West Virginia, while several inches of snow fell in the Washington, D.C. area. In addition to the snowfall, strong, gusty winds developed along the eastern seaboard, producing over 3 foot storm surges from the coast of New Jersey through the Chesapeake Bay.

Closer to the coast, snow gave way to heavy rain, with the heaviest rain falling in Delaware and adjacent areas of Maryland. This storm originated earlier this week over the Northern Rockies and produced as much as two feet of snow in parts of Montana.

Meanwhile, a Pacific storm drove into the Northwest, allowing rain and high elevation snow to be renewed. The most significant of the snow fell in the Sierra Nevadas of California, an area that has suffered through a dry winter. This area needs to see more snow by the time the dry season arrives in order to hold off drought.

The Northeast will rise into the 30s and 40s, while the Southeast saw temperatures ranging from the 40s to the 70s. The Northern Plains rose into the 20s and 30s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 30s and 40s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................80 Kendall, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................80 Kendall, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-9 Rugby, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-41 Wainwright, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................63 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.42 Buckhannon, W.Va.

ON THIS DATE....... A few record high temperatures were reported on this date in history. First in 1987, Saint Cloud, Minn., recorded a high temperature of 71 degrees, exceeding the previous record high by 21 degrees. Also, in 1991, Corpus Christi and San Antonio, Texas, reported record high temperatures of 99 and 100 degrees, respectively.

The Associated Press

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