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The most active weather in the country Wednesday was due to a storm that moved through the Southern Plains and along the Gulf Coast.

This storm gathered a considerable amount of moisture that allowed moderate to occasionally heavy rain to form from Texas through Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. Several inches of rain fell on some cities in the region, and more rain was on the way as the storm was expected to continue moving eastward along the Gulf Coast.

A few severe thunderstorms did pop up in Texas, and there is a slight risk for the rest of the day in parts of the state due to the continuing possibility of severe weather.

Elsewhere, scattered snow showers continued downwind of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, mostly in New York.

Dry weather also continued for much of the West, but wet weather was set to return Thursday as a Pacific storm is anticipated to move inland. Any rain is welcomed in California, as the state has suffered through a record setting beginning to the year.

The Northeast rose into the 30s and 40s, while the Southeast saw temperatures in the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The Midwest rose into the 30s and 40s, while the Northwest saw temperatures in the 50s and 60s.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................90 Thermal, Calif.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................90 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-5 Crane Lake, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-48 Point Lay, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................122 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.09 Lake Charles Regional, La.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1974, severe thunderstorms rolled through the region from Alabama to Michigan and spawned nearly 150 tornadoes on the 3rd and early into the 4th. Along with $600 million in damage, these violent storms injured thousands of people and caused 315 fatalities.

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