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Weather across the nation: 11/9/12

5:31 PM, Nov 9, 2012   |    comments
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A deep low pressure system continued to strengthen over the West Coast on Friday.

As the system moved from the Pacific Northwest and over the North Rockies, it continued to push a cold front eastward from the West Coast, over the Great Basin, and into the Central Rockies. Snowfall accumulation on Friday ranged from 10 to 20 inches across parts of Montana, while the Great Basin and Central Rockies saw up to a foot of snow at highest elevations.

Blizzard warnings remained in effect for most of Montana as strong winds with gusts to 50 mph created white outs and poor visibility. This created dangerous travel and road conditions across the region. Wind chills in these areas dropped into the negative teens overnight in parts of the Northern Rockies.

Rainfall totals for lower elevations of the West Coast remained less than a half of an inch. The leading edge of this system brought a combination of rain and snow showers to the Dakotas and Upper Midwest.

Meanwhile in the East, dry conditions and a warming trend persisted as higher pressure built in from the south and created a pleasant day. High temperatures returned to the 50s and 60s across the Eastern Valleys and East Coast.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................89 Alice, Texas

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

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................10 Truckee, Calif.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-31 Arctic Village, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................79 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.91 Salt Lake City, Utah

ON THIS DATE....... A large storm, dubbed the "Freshwater Fury," caused eight large ore carriers on the Great Lakes to sink on this date in 1913. Nearly 270 sailors on the ships perished. The storm also brought large snow amounts to the area, including 36 inches of snow at Pickens, W.Va.

The Associated Press

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