Weather across the nation: 11/20/12

5:09 PM, Nov 20, 2012   |    comments
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The Northwest continues to see nasty weather on Tuesday as the rest of the nation experienced pleasant conditions.

A Pacific storm continued to batter the Northwest coast with wind rain and high elevation snow. Snow accumulations were piling up in the Cascades and coastal mountain ranges from northern portions of California north through Washington.

Additionally, lower elevations saw heavy rainfall. Flooding which started earlier this week continued to be a problem, especially on the western slopes of the Cascades. This storm was relatively warm, so snow levels were relatively high, leaving most major roadways clear.

Some precipitation from this storm made it over the Cascades and into the high deserts of Washington and Idaho while cloud cover streamed into the high plains.

The Southwest and southern Rockies maintained clear skies, and much of the rest of the country followed suit. Temperatures in the southern Plains were pleasantly warm, with highs in the upper 70s in Texas. Warm weather spread north as well with highs in the 60s as far north as the Dakotas.

The East Coast saw some cloud cover as a weak front approached from the west. Despite the cloud cover, conditions were mostly dry, although temperatures were relatively cool.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Beeville, Texas

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

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................8 Alamosa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-45 Gulkana, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................61 Sexton Summit, Ore.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.26 Port Heiden, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... Today's history is spotted with strong blizzards and windstorms. For instance, heavy snow trapped thirty hunters at Maine's Allagash Wilderness Waterway on this date in 1986. The hunters were eventually rescued via snowmobile, but their vehicles were stranded until spring.

The Associated Press

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