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Wintry weather spread across the East on Friday as a low pressure system in eastern Canada pushed two cold fronts over the Eastern Valleys.

This produced scattered snow showers from the Ohio River Valley through northern Texas. Snowfall totals ranged from 1 to 2 inches for most areas, with up to 4 inches likely at higher elevations of the Northern and Central Appalachians.

Over 5 inches were reported along downwind shores of the Great Lakes in western Michigan and northwestern New York State. Strong winds also accompanied these frontal boundaries with gusts from 50 to 60 mph reported across the Lower Mississippi River Valley and across northern Texas.

Meanwhile, just to the south, a stalled frontal boundary brought more showers and thunderstorms to Florida on Friday. These storms have not turned severe, but brought more heavy rains to far southern Florida and into the Bahamas.

In the West, a weak trough of low pressure moved off the Central Rockies and into the Central Plains. Cool temperatures over the region allowed for scattered snow showers to develop from eastern Colorado through Nebraska and into Iowa. Snowfall accumulation remained light in these areas and ranged around an inch. Farther west, high pressure remained the dominant weather feature over the West Coast and created another dry and pleasant day.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................81 Camarillo, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................81 Keahole Point, Hawaii

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-16 Waskish, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-53 Point Lay, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................105 Sheridan, Wyo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.36 Petersburg, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... A "meteorological bomb" is a term used to describe a rapidly intensifying storm. One such "bomb" developed in the Atlantic Ocean just off the Newfoundland coast on this date in 1982. The storm developed winds of 100 mph and produced 50 foot seas that capsized an oil rig. The storm also sunk two major ships.

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