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National: Heavy rain and snow for midsection

5:48 PM, Oct 18, 2013   |    comments
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A long cold front moved through the eastern third of the country Friday, bringing scattered rain mostly through the Northeast and New England. This rain moved through the area and diminished in the afternoon as the front itself moved off the coast.

Meanwhile, another storm tracked through the Midwest and Plains. The center of the storm moved through Wisconsin and produced some rain showers, while the cold front introduced a mix of heavy rain and snow from Oklahoma through Kansas and northern Missouri. This cold front also preceded cold air that was expected to push several areas well below freezing from eastern New Mexico through most of Kansas.

A high pressure system remained in control of the weather in the western half of the country, providing dry and regionally warm conditions. Much of California and the Southwest rose into the 80s.

The Northeast rose into the 70s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 80s and 90s. The Northern Plains and Northern Rockies rose into the 30s and 40s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................91 Tampa, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................106 Tampa, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................12 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................6 Leadville, Colo.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................72 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.90 Spearfish, S.D.

ON THIS DATE....... Record setting flooding throughout southeast Texas peaked on this date in 1994, causing $900 million in damage (and this figure does not include crop damage). Twenty inches of rain fell on parts of the region, creating floods that claimed 17 lives.

The Associated Press

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