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Weather across the nation: 2/25/13

5:52 PM, Feb 25, 2013   |    comments
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The strong storm system of the West moved east to northeastward across the Southern Plains on Monday with plenty of precipitation.

As the system trekked across the northern tier of Texas and met with ample moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, heavy rain and ongoing thunderstorms developed ahead of the low as well as ahead and along an associated cold front, from central and eastern Texas and Oklahoma into the Lower and Mid-Mississippi River Valleys.

Additional heavy rain and thunderstorms also formed across the Southeast near the Gulf Coast as an associated warm front lifted northward across the Gulf Coast. Conditions across the Central and Eastern Gulf Coast States were favorable for severe storms and possibly rotating storms with threats of tornadoes and hail events.

As of this afternoon, 1 tornado was spotted in Franklin County, Florida, while over a handful of quarter to lime sized hail (1.00 to 2.00 inches in diameter) events were reported with minor property damage near the Texas-Oklahoma-Arkansas and in southern Louisiana.

Meanwhile, colder temperatures on the northern and western sides of this storm supported heavy snow development from areas of northern Texas into Kansas.

Blizzard conditions developed from the Texas Panhandle through central Oklahoma and into southwestern Kansas as snow increased across the region through the day and strong winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 55 mph created lowered visibilities to near white out conditions, snow drifts of up to 5 feet, and ultimately dangerous travel conditions.

Snow accumulation in these areas were expected to range from 3 to 8 inches in the western Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, 8 to 15 inches across the central and eastern Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, and 6 to 12 inches in central Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas with locally higher amounts of 16 to 20 inches possible.

Elsewhere in the nation, a Pacific cold front moved through the Northwest with cool onshore flow on Monday, bringing rain and high elevation snow to the Pacific Northwest, parts of northern California, Northern Intermountain West, and Northern Rockies.5/815/8kari.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................87 Orlando International, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................90 Opa Locka, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-14 Laramie, Wyo.

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

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................70 Raton, N.M.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................4.38 Apalachicola, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1997, Britain was hit by another severe winter storm. The south coast from Kent to Cornwall was the hardest hit and high winds combined with rolling seas disrupted cross channel ferry services.

The Associated Press

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