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Weather across the nation: 11/2/12

4:40 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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A combination of rain and snow showers moved into the Northern Plains on Friday. A low pressure system moved eastward from the Northern Rockies and toward the Upper Midwest.

This system pushed a frontal boundary eastward with it, which allowed for scattered rain showers to develop. Temperatures dropped below freezing behind the cold front and allowed for rain showers to turn to snow showers across the Dakotas.

Snowfall accumulation ranged from 1 to 3 inches, while parts of western and central Minnesota only saw a few light flurries. The cold air mass allowed for overnight lows across the Northern Plains to drop into the teens.

The national low was reported at Silver Bay, Minn., with an overnight low of 14 degrees. This chilly airmass allowed for highs to range in the 30s across the north-central U.S. A winter weather advisory has been issued across the region due to the dangerous road and travel conditions associated with the snow, freezing rain and sleet from this system

In the West, a strong low pressure system spinning in the Gulf of Alaska continued to push a cold front toward the West Coast. This pushed some moisture onshore, and allowed for rain showers to develop along far western Oregon and Washington.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................90 Houston, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................89 Kingsville, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................14 Silver Bay, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-30 Fairbanks Eiels, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................85 Atlantic City, N.J.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.25 Crosby, N.D.

ON THIS DATE....... Lightning from a snowstorm is considerably more rare than your typical thunderstorm lightning. On this date in 1976, however, a lady was shocked by lightning while talking on her telephone during a snowstorm.

The Associated Press

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