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Weather across the nation: 4/15/13

3:56 PM, Apr 15, 2013   |    comments
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Wintry weather persisted across the North-Central U.S. on Monday as the strong storm system affecting the region lifted northeastward toward Lake Superior and southern Ontario, Canada.

Moderate to heavy snow showers and strong winds continued from parts of North Dakota through northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula during the morning hours and led to additional snow accumulations of about 2 to 4 inches.

Meanwhile, rain showers developed along and near an associated cold front in portions of Iowa and Missouri eastward through parts of the Upper Great Lakes and western Ohio Valley. Additional rain and thunderstorms were possible near the southern portion of this boundary in areas of the southern Central Plains, the Ozarks, and the Mid-Mississippi Valley.

These regions were at slight risk of severe thunderstorm development from late this afternoon through tonight with large hail, damaging wind gusts, and possible isolated tornadoes.

In the Southeast, a low pressure system developed along the southeastern coast by Monday morning, while the associated warm front became stationary along northeastern Gulf Coast through the afternoon. Scattered showers and thunderstorms continued near the eastern Gulf Coast, while lighter showers and thunderstorms remained possible in the southern Mid-Atlantic States.

Out West, another late season winter storm began to take shape over the Central Great Basin as a cold airmass surged southward and a developing system lifted from the Desert Southwest with moist, southwest flow. Light to moderate heavy snow showers fell across parts of the Central Great Basin and the Central Rockies.

Farther west, an upper trough of low pressure remained over the Pacific Northwest Coast and brought cool, showery weather to the Pacific Northwest and northern California.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................96 Falfurrias, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................96 Laredo, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-2 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-45 Kuparuk, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................82 Stockton, Calif.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................7.14 Langdon, N.D.

ON THIS DATE....... Death Valley is the hottest and driest location in North America. The average year in Death Valley sees less than 2 inches of rain, with many years receiving no rain at all. On this date in 1988, Death Valley uncharacteristically received 1.53 inches of rain in one 24 hour period.

The Assocaited Press

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