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Calmer weather conditions spread across the East on Thursday, while areas of wet weather developed in the West.

A storm exited the East Coast and moved into the Atlantic Ocean early in the day. This allowed for most of the precipitation associated with this system to pull offshore, however, a few areas of rain and snow showers continued over the Northeast and New England areas.

Cool air continued to pour in behind this system, bringing a chilly conditions to the Southeast. Fronts and freeze advisories remained in effect as overnight lows dropped into the lower 30s in some areas. This created dangerous conditions for crops for most of the Southeast from northern Florida through the Tennessee Valley and the Carolinas.

In the West, more Pacific moisture spread over the Pacific Northwest and through the northwestern corner of the nation. Most of the precipitation associated with this moisture remained as rain, but some snow developed at higher elevations through the Intermountain West and the Northern Rockies.

As the day progressed, moisture from this system moved southward into Northern California, bringing rain and high elevation snow with it. Rainfall totals with this system remained less than a half of an inch by midday on Thursday.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................80 Yuma, Ariz.

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

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Minot, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-54 Tin City, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................54 Cape Newenham, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.35 Shelton, Wash.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1987, some Great Plains states experienced a fairly strong blizzard. Wind gusts of nearly 70 mph produced large 20 foot high snowdrifts, while up to a 1 1/2 feet of new snow fell in parts of Nebraska. Omaha reported a record 9.4 inches of snowfall.

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