Weather across the nation: 2/17/13

6:31 PM, Feb 17, 2013   |    comments
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A winter storm strengthened off the New England Coast on Sunday and set the stage for more snow and strong winds along the Northeast Coast.

Swaths of accumulating snow blanketed areas of eastern Massachusetts through the Down East area of Maine, while strong winds circulating around the deepening storm increased during the afternoon and allowed for periods of blowing snow and ultimately reduced visibilities. Localized blizzard conditions were possible at times as north winds of 20 to 30 mph and higher gusts swept across the region and produced near white out conditions especially for Down East Maine.

Snow totals for Sunday were expected to range from 4 to 8 inches near the coast, with locally higher amounts possible through the afternoon and evening. The combination of wet snow and strong winds also created the potential for some downed trees and another wave of power outages for New England areas. By the afternoon, snow near Boston began to wane, while snow north of the area persisted through the evening.

Elsewhere in the East, lake effect snow showers continued in areas downwind of Lakes Erie and Ontario. Many areas along the Erie and Ontario snowbelt saw another 1 to 3 inches of snow through the afternoon.

To the West, a system dropping southeastward from western Canada brought scattered snow showers and windy conditions to the Northern Rockies and Northern Plains on Sunday. Winter Weather Statements were issued for the Northern Rockies, North Dakota, and the northern tier of Minnesota in anticipation of modest to locally heavy snow accumulation and strong winds through Sunday and into Monday morning.

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................77 El Centro, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................82 Lanai City, Hawaii

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-25 Land O' Lakes, Wis.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-58 Selawik, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................82 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.34 Yakutat, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... A devastating avalanche starting in Sap Gulch, Utah, ran through Bingham Canyon on this date in 1926. Fourteen cottages were destroyed and 36 lives were taken while another 13 people were injured. One man told an incredible story of riding 150 feet on the crest of the avalanche and surviving.

The Associated Press

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