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Heavy rain and snow moved through the Southeast on Monday as a strong cold front continued to move eastward through the Eastern U.S.

The northern side of this front pulled eastward and offshore of the East Coast, while the southern side of this front stretched from the Lower Mississippi River Valley to the Carolinas and Virginias. Abundant moisture and energy fed into this system from the Gulf of Mexico, which allowed for heavy rains and flooding to remain of concern for the Lower Mississippi River Valley and the Tennessee Valley.

Cooler temperatures along the back side of this system allowed for rain showers to turn to freezing rain and snow showers across northern Mississippi and the Tennessee Valley. Scattered snow showers moved from Arkansas and southeastern Missouri, into Illinois and Indiana. Ice storm warnings and freezing rain warnings were issued for Lower Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys.

Daytime highs in these areas remained well below seasonable with highs in the upper 20s to mid-30s. Heaviest rainfall ahead of the cold front was reported in Andrews, North Carolina with a midday total of 1.86 inches of rain.

Meanwhile out West, cold conditions continued for the West Coast, Desert Southwest, and Rocky Mountains. Freeze and frost warnings remained in effect for the interior valleys of California and most of Arizona, as daytime highs remained in the 40s, and overnight lows dropped into the mid-20s.

Just to the east, a trough of low pressure over the Southern Rockies allowed for scattered snow showers to develop over northern New Mexico. Snowfall accumulation ranged from 2 to 5 inches in most areas.

MONDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 Brunswick, Ga.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................84 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-36 Craig, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-65 Keahole Point, Hawaii

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................98 Tin City, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.86 Andrews, N.C.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1910, the luxury liner Lusitania was heavily damaged by an eighty foot wave on its way from Liverpool to New York City. The same storm that produced the wave also brought blizzard conditions to the East Coast and dropped 15 inches of snow on New York City.

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