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Wet weather moved into the Eastern Seaboard on Tuesday as a winter storm over the Great Lakes lifted northeastward into southeastern Canada and the system's associated cold front crossed the Appalachians with waves of low pressure.

Warm and moist south-southwesterly flow ahead of the energetic frontal disturbance allowed for moderate to heavy rains to fall across much of the East, from the Florida Peninsula through Maine. Heavy rain in much of the southern and central Mid-Atlantic moved offshore by the afternoon, while chances of a few sporadic thunderstorms lingered in the wake of this exiting swath.

These storms were not expected to organize and turn severe. Meanwhile, a variety of Flood Advisories, Watches, and Warnings continued for New England due to the combination of today's heavy rain and significant snowmelt from today's mild temperatures. This weather setup increased runoff and allowed for ponding of water on roadways, possible poor drainage flooding, and rising streams.

Behind the cold front, cool northwesterly winds filled in across the Midwest and led to below average daytime highs across the region. Some light snow showers and ice pellets also developed downwind of the Great Lakes and in areas of Iowa, western Illinois, western Wisconsin, and southern Minnesota.

Elsewhere, an approaching front kicked up rain and high elevation snow in the northern Pacific Northwest, while light, scattered snow showers blanketed the Northern Rockies.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Thermal, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................85 Marathon, Fla.

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

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-35 Barter Island, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................67 Valdez Airport, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.30 Quakertown, Pa.

ON THIS DATE....... "The Blizzard of '93" struck the eastern portion of the country on this date through the 15th in 1993, bringing heavy snow, hurricane force winds, and extremely low pressure. While most places recorded significant snow amounts, Birmingham, AL received 17 inches of snow, bringing the city to a standstill. Nearly every station in West Virginia reported a new 24-hour snowfall record.

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