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Weather across the nation: 4/22/13

5:03 PM, Apr 22, 2013   |    comments
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Unsettled weather developed across the Central U.S. on Monday as frontal disturbance reached from the Upper Midwest through the Central Plains and into the Four Corners.

A cold airmass behind this cold front maintained unseasonably cold temperatures over the Intermountain West and the Northern Plains and allowed for moderate to heavy snow showers across portions of these regions.

This precipitation reached across the Colorado mountains later in the day as the tail of this frontal disturbance began to dip across the region. Snow totals across the mountains were expected to range from 5 to 10 inches, while lighter accumulations were expected at the lower elevations.

Meanwhile, ahead of the frontal disturbance, rain showers developed in the Upper Mississippi Valley into portions of the Upper Great Lakes. Rain and thunderstorms also formed ahead of the boundary in the Central Plains and the Mid-Mississippi Valley. Areas of southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma were at slight risk of severe thunderstorm development with damaging wind gusts and large hail.

As this weather disturbance moved across the Central U.S., showers and thunderstorms continued in the Florida peninsula as a cold front lingered across the southern third of the peninsula.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................88 Needles, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................89 Key West NAF, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................7 Cut Bank, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-20 Selawik, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................62 Cape Lisburne, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.69 Madison, S.D.

ON THIS DATE....... The central United States was gripped in a heat wave on this date in 1989. A record April high temperature was set at 96 degrees for Omaha, Neb., while Lubbock, Texas, tied a record at 100 degrees. The national high was shared by Hill City, Kan., and Liberal, Kan., at 103 degrees.

The Associated Press

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