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Weather across the nation: 1/2/13

4:59 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
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Areas of wet weather activity continued across the southeastern corner of the nation on Wednesday as a frontal system extending from the western Gulf of Mexico through the Carolinas trekked to the south and east and reached from the Carolinas through the Florida Panhandle by the afternoon.

Ahead of this storm, moisture streaming out of the Gulf of Mexico tapered down and limited shower and thunderstorm activity across the region, allowing this activity to become more scattered as the day progressed.

Behind this disturbance, deep southwest flow aloft triggered increased cloud cover and scattered light to moderate showers from southern Texas through southern Louisiana through the afternoon. Meanwhile, high pressure north of this area kept a below normal air mass over the region and led to cool afternoon temperatures.

To the north, generally light snow showers and flurries developed from the Northern Plains through the northern Upper Great Lakes and into parts of the Northeast through the afternoon as a frontal system from Canada dropped southward into the northern tier of the nation.

While snow accumulations in these areas were expected to be fairly light, snow totals of 2 to 4 inches and isolated higher amounts were anticipated in areas downwind of the Great Lakes.

Elsewhere, high pressure centered over the Rockies and Intermountain West provided generally calm and dry weather conditions across the West.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Plant City, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................83 Key West NAF, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-26 Alamosa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-59 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................139 Newport, Ark.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.45 Ketchikan, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... A hurricane in January? Well, on this date in 1955, both the latest and earliest hurricane on record moved through the Atlantic. Hurricane Alice actually formed on December 31, 1954, but it moved over the Leeward Islands today with winds of 85 mph.

The Associated Press

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