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Weather across the nation: 1/3/13

5:48 PM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
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Freezing rain, sleet, and snow moved into western Texas on Thursday morning as a low pressure system moved across northern Mexico and into New Mexico and Texas.

Cool temperatures across the region allowed for a wintry mix of freezing rain which turned to snow as the system progressed. Snowfall totals were anticipated to range from 2 to 6 inches across most of western Texas by Thursday night, with some areas around midland Texas seeing over 8 inches of snow.

This created widespread icing which caused dangerous road and travel conditions. The leading edge of this system remained warmer, and brought rain showers to south-central Texas.

In the North, a low pressure system continued moving through the Great Lakes, triggering more snow showers from Wisconsin to New York. A cold front associated with this system extended southwestward and produced a few snow showers over the Central Plains.

Snowfall accumulation remained less than 2 inches in most areas, with heavier snowfall along the downwind shores of the Great Lakes. The Northeast saw another cold day with overnight low temperatures dropping to 24 below zero at Saranac Lake, N.Y.

In the Southeast, a frontal boundary lingered over the region and stretched from the Lower Mississippi River Valley to the Carolinas. This allowed for periods of heavy rain to persist for most of the Southeast. Heaviest rainfall was reported at Boothville, La., with a midday total of 0.53 inches of rain.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Hollywood, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................86 Key West NAF, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-32 Alamosa, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-41 Alamosa, Colo.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................121 Hooper Bay, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.24 Portage Glacier, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... A big step for the meteorological society was taken on this date in 1921 as the first radio broadcasts of weather forecasts were transmitted. The University of Wisconsin was responsible for this initial feat, but within two years, over 140 radio stations had copied the technology.

The Associated Press

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