Weather across the nation: 2/28/13

5:05 PM, Feb 28, 2013   |    comments
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Wintry weather continued for the Northeast on Thursday as a strong low pressure system slowly moved away from the region.

The system that brought heavy snow to the Midwest, Ohio River Valley, and Northeast finally pulled away into the Atlantic Ocean. However, the back side of this system allowed for a few scattered showers to persist from the Central Appalachians into Maine, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Snowfall totals ranged from 1 to 3 inches from West Virginia through New York, while parts of Maine saw over 4 inches of new snow. Behind this system in the Midwest, a few widespread scattered snow showers popped up from Minnesota through Illinois. Snowfall accumulation remained less than an inch for most of these areas.

Heavy snow developed over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as flow over Lake Superior picked up additional moisture and triggered lake effect snow showers. Snowfall accumulation reached up to 4.5 inches just southeast of Rapid River, Mich.

To the south, a cold front lingered over Florida and produced more widespread scattered thunderstorms. These storms have not turned severe and heavy rains have not developed.

In the West, a low pressure system moved into British Columbia and pushed a warm front into the Pacific Northwest. This kicked up heavy rain showers with snow at the highest elevations.

Snow levels rose to over 7,000 feet as warmer air moved in with this warm front. Rainfall totals varied over 1 inch for the region, with heaviest midday rainfall reported at Brookings, Ore., with a midday total of 1.49 inches.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................80 Miramar, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).......................... ,

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-18 Gunnison, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-57 Point Lay, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................70 Minot AFB, N.D.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.49 Brookings, Ore.

ON THIS DATE....... If you're thinking about a trip to tropical Reunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean, the following stunning fact might be smart to take into consideration: the 12-hour world record for rainfall was set on this date in 1964 at Belouve, Reunion with the town received 52.76 inches of rain.

The Associated Press

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