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Only minor areas of precipitation developed in the country on Wednesday as the weather pattern continued to transition.

Snow showers did fall in the northern Appalachians in the morning and early afternoon, but this precipitation did diminish as the afternoon progressed. Additional isolated snow showers also developed in the Great Lakes region.

Elsewhere, a low pressure system moved through the Rockies, instigating more high elevation snow in Colorado and Wyoming. This precipitation moved into the Plains in the afternoon, while changing to rain as it moved to lower elevations.

Meanwhile, moist Pacific air also allowed for some rain showers in Washington, but these showers were far from widespread.

Unseasonably cold air continues to pour into the Southeast, where freezing temperatures were once again widespread. These freezing conditions will return tonight into Thursday morning, where the coldest areas could see temperatures in the upper 20s.

The Northeast rose into the 40s and 50s, while the Southeast saw a range of temperatures from the 40s to the 60s in Florida. The Southwest rose into the 70s and 80s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

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

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).......................... ,

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-9 Cando, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-42 Buckland, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................56 Cape Newenham, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.52 Adak, Alaska

ON THIS DATE....... While not weather related, earthquakes are still noteworthy. For instance, on this date in 1964, one of the strongest earthquakes on record (magnitude 8.6) struck off the coast of Alaska. This quake damaged many Alaskan coastal towns and produced powerful tsunamis that affected a large area of the Pacific. Fifteen people were killed by a tsunami as it hit the coasts of Oregon and California.

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