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A strong winter storm brought more heavy snowfall to the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest, and Great Lakes on Thursday, while showers and thunderstorms continued moving through the Southeast.

The strong low pressure system that brought blizzard conditions to the Plains this week made its way into the Upper Midwest. Snowfall totals across Minnesota reached nearly a foot in some locations of southwestern Minnesota, with most of Wisconsin and South and North Dakotas seeing snowfall totals range from 2 to 6 inches. Strong winds accompanied this system with gusts from 55 to 65 mph.

Winter weather advisories have been issued over the region, with an ice storm warning issued for southern Minnesota and eastern Wisconsin as freezing rain created ice accumulation up to a quarter of an inch. A strong cold front extended southward from this system and slid eastward from the Mississippi River Valley and into the Eastern Valleys.

Warm and moist air from the Gulf of Mexico streamed northward from this system and allowed for showers and thunderstorms to pop up from Louisiana through the Ohio River Valley. Some of these storms turned severe along the Gulf states.

Multiple tornadoes have been reported across Mississippi and Alabama, with multiple reports of strong and damaging winds across the region. Heavy rainfall developed in association with these storms, with totals over 3 inches in some areas. Heaviest rainfall was reported at Oxford, Miss., with a midday totals of 4.01 inches.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................90 Gainesville, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................95 Tampa Macdill AFB, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Torrington, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-39 Nuiqsut, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................62 Barter Island, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................4.01 Oxford, Miss.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1987, severe flooding throughout the northeastern portion of the country finally began to subside. Snow melt from intense rainfall only made the flooding worse as damage estimates ran into the billions. Ten people were killed when a New York State Thruway bridge gave way to the flooding.

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