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Weather across the nation: 1/6/13

7:11 PM, Jan 6, 2013   |    comments
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Snow showers continued for the Great Lakes on Sunday, while rain showers moved through the Southeast and a mix of precipitation developed in the West.

In the East, a low pressure system over the Great Lakes moved toward the Northeast through the afternoon. Energy from this system kicked up lake effect rain, freezing rain, and snow showers downwind of the Upper and Lower Great Lakes.

This precipitation began to spread into northern New England and the Central Appalachians by the evening. Snowfall accumulations were expected to range from 1 to 4 inches across the inland Northeast-primarily in northern New York and northern Vermont.

To the south of this activity, scattered showers developed across the southeastern corner of the nation as a cold front and trough of low pressure approached the Mid-Atlantic and another frontal disturbance reached from the western Gulf of Mexico through the northern Florida Peninsula.

In the West, a strong trough of low pressure and associated cold front moved over central and southern California and brought plenty of moisture onshore with it. This led to rain showers for most of southern and central California, with snow showers anticipated across the Sierra Nevadas.

Snow levels starting at 4,000 ft. were expected to drop to 2,500 ft. as the cold front moves cooler air in. Storm totals from the weekend will range from 4 to 6 inches above 3,000 ft, with up to 12 inches possible over 7,000 ft.

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 Marathon, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................88 Marathon, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-31 Kremmling, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-44 Alamosa, Colo.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................52 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.84 Gonzales, La.

ON THIS DATE....... Jan. 6, 1988 will always be remembered as a bad day for chickens. Nearly 3.5 million chickens died at Heber Springs, Ark., on that day as 16 inches of snow fell on the town. Snow and ice up to three inches thick claimed another 1.7 million in north Texas while an additional two million died in Alabama.

The Associated Press

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