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A strong Pacific storm moved through the Northwest and California Wednesday, renewing rain and high elevation snow from Washington through Northern California.

This storm was relatively warm, thus snow was reserved for the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevadas of California and Cascades of the Northwest. This rain and snow was very welcomed along the West Coast, especially in California where many areas have received much less rainfall that normal for this past Winter.

In addition to the precipitation, Wind Advisories warned of wind gusting to 65 mph, making travel dangerous at the higher elevations.

In the Northeast, cold flow off Lake Ontario and Lake Erie produced scattered snow showers through the area

Meanwhile, a cold front moved from south Texas to along the Gulf Coast, aiding another round of scattered showers and a few thunderstorms to the area. This front was followed by a high pressure system that brought dry conditions through the Plains.

The Northeast rose into the 30s and 40s, while the Southeast saw a range of temperatures from the 40s in the Tennessee Valley to the 70s in Florida. The Northern Plains rose into the 20s and 30s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................84 El Centro, Calif.

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

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-18 Rugby, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-46 Eagle, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................77 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.69 Blue Canyon, Calif.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1948, an F3 tornado moved through Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, destroying 52 aircraft. Attempting to learn a lesson from the tornado, the people in charge of the base ordered forecasters to look into the future to see if a tornado was possible. Another tornado crossed the prepared base on March 25, causing minimal damage due to accurate forecasting.

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