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Weather across the nation for 4/10/13

7:43 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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A powerful storm continued to move through the Plains toward the Mississippi Valley on Wednesday.

The associated cold front moved eastward, instigating a mixture of rain and snow in the Plains. As the cold front approached the Mississippi Valley, it gathered considerable moisture from the Gulf of Mexico that produced severe thunderstorms.

Tornado Watches were posted through Arkansas, southeast Missouri, and southern Illinois due to the possibility of developing tornadoes. Residents should monitor the progress of these thunderstorms into the evening and be prepared to protect life and property from these dangerous storms.

Farther to the north, strong thunderstorms also swept through the Ohio Valley and produced another area of dangerous weather. Severe Thunderstorm Watches were posted from central Illinois through Ohio, and some of these watches were likely to be upgraded to Tornado Watches later Wednesday.

Even without severe weather, several inches of rain fell from Oklahoma and Kansas through Arkansas and Missouri as the main cold front swept through the region.

Snow finally subsided in the Rockies and Northern Plains, allowing residents to begin the process of digging out from this strong Spring storm. Some areas of South Dakota received over two feet of snow from this storm.

Very warm temperatures in the 80s and 90s were experienced ahead of the main storm from the Southeast through the Mid-Atlantic. Several records were broken, with numerous more anticipated to be broken by the end of the day.

The Northeast saw a range of temperatures from the 40s to the 80s, while the Northern Plains rose into the 30s and 40s. The Northwest rose into the 50s and 60s, while the Southwest saw temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................93 McAllen, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................97 Brownsville, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-6 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-41 Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................69 Ann Arbor, Mich.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................4.34 Madison, S.D.

ON THIS DATE....... An April heatwave hit the western United States on this date in 1988. Eleven cities in the region recorded record high temperatures, including a high temperature of 95 degrees in Bakersfield, Calif. After reporting a low temperature of 19 degrees earlier in the day, Pocatello Idaho, warmed to 63 degrees in the afternoon.

The Associated Press

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