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Weather across the nation: 3/25/13

4:07 PM, Mar 25, 2013   |    comments
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Snow continued across portions of the Midwest and picked up along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast coasts on Monday as stormy conditions moved east and north.

In the Midwest, generally moderate scattered snow showers continued from in the Ohio Valley and parts of the eastern Tennessee Valley on Monday as an area of low pressure over Kentucky lifted northeastward over the central Appalachians.

Sufficient moisture and chilly temperatures over the region translate into possible snowstorm conditions in these areas through the afternoon and evening. Thus far, storm totals of up to 4 to 10 inches have been reported in the impacted areas of the Midwest with locally higher amounts of up to 18.5 inches reported in southern Illinois. In addition to snow, gusty north and northeast winds caused areas of blowing snow, reduced visibility and potentially dangerous driving conditions.

Meanwhile, the other portion of this late-season storm system lifted northward in the Atlantic Ocean just offshore of the East Coast through the morning and became positioned just east of Delaware this afternoon. This low strengthened and allowed strong winds to spread across the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast with plenty of moisture. Areas of rain and snow developed along the immediate coastline, while cold temperatures supported snow showers across inland areas.

More accumulating snow blanketed the higher elevations of the central Appalachians. Snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches were expected at elevations above 1,500 feet, with 4 to 6 inches of snow elsewhere in the mountains.

In the West, an upper wave of low pressure reached the Pacific Northwest and the northern tier of California with limited moisture on Monday, and created chances of light, isolated rain showers.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

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

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................82 Kendall, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-20 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-49 Selawik, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................52 Guadalupe Pass, Texas

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.73 Dover AFB, Del.

ON THIS DATE:

On this date in 1988, Tucson, Arizona set a record high for March of 93 degrees during an early spring heat wave. In contrast to this, the central and eastern portions of the country ushered in windy conditions with 60 mph gusts recorded at Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Associated Press

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