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Wintry weather continued moving across the center of the nation on Sunday as a strong winter storm moved from the Plains and into the Midwest.

The center of this system moved into the Mid-Mississippi River Valley and pushed a cold front eastward from the Southern Plains into the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Moisture from the Gulf of Mexico allowed for showers and thunderstorms to develop ahead and along the cold front. Some of these storms turned severe with strong and damaging winds, as well as periods of heavy rainfall.

The strongest wind gusts up to 77 mph were reported at Polk, Texas, and the top of a silo was blown off in Garland, Ark. Heaviest rainfall was reported at Mena, Ark., with a midday total of 1.62 inches. Widespread rainfall totals were reported over 1 inches from eastern Texas through Arkansas and into Missouri.

The northern side of this front created a wide band of rain that covered much of the Midwest from northern Missouri and into the Great Lakes. Periods of freezing rain developed in some areas of Michigan and Wisconsin. Meanwhile, the cooler region of this storm remained north and west of the center of the low pressure system. This allowed for more snow showers to develop across Nebraska, northern Kansas, Iowa, and into Wisconsin.

Snowfall totals in these areas ranged from 1 to 3 inches on Sunday. Blizzard warnings remained in effect for eastern Nebraska as wind gusts over 50 mph were reported, which created white-outs and poor visibility. These areas remained under dangerous roads and travel conditions.

In the West, a trough of low pressure moved into the Pacific Northwest and pulled some moisture in from the Pacific Ocean. This allowed for light rain showers to spread across western Washington.

SUNDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................81 Edinburg, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................81 New Orleans Lakefront, La.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-7 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-27 Tin City, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................78 Tin City, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.62 Mena, Ark.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1989, record heat scorched parts central and southwestern United States. Hanksville, Utah, and Pueblo, Colo., set record monthly high temperatures by topping out at 85 and 89 degrees, respectively. After a morning low of 30 degrees, Hill City, Kan., rose 59 degrees during the day to an afternoon high of 89 degrees.

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