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A strong storm brought high winds with rainy and snowy conditions to the western states, while widespread scattered snow showers persisted for the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest on Saturday.

A strong low pressure system lingered over eastern Canada and continued to push cool air over the Great Lakes and into the Upper Midwest. This allowed for light and widespread rain showers to persist, which turned to freezing rain and rain showers as temperatures warmed throughout the day.

Rain and snow totals remained light in these areas. However, to the south, a cold front lingered over the southern tip of Florida and the Bahamas. This system kicked up more thunderstorm activity with periods of heavy rainfall and strong winds. Heaviest rainfall was reported at Opa Locka, Fla., with a midday total of 1.21 inches of rain. The rest of the eastern states saw dry conditions as this front moved well offshore and out of the region.

In the West, a low pressure system moved eastward from the Pacific Northwest and into the Northern Rockies on Saturday. This system brought Pacific moisture eastward with it, which triggered rain and mountain snow showers.

Strong winds developed along the frontal boundaries associated with this system, with a warm front extending southeastward into the Central Rockies and a cold front extending southwestward over the Great Basin and into California.

High wind advisories have been issued across much of the western states with anticipated winds from 50 to 60 mph. Monarch Pass, Colo., reported a maximum wind gust of 65 mph. These strong winds increased fire danger across Colorado, New Mexico, and into western Texas due to low humidity coupled with these strong and gusty winds.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................88 Marathon, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................93 Key West NAF, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................5 Langdon, N.D.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-36 Deadhorse, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................68 Monarch Pass, Colo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.21 Opa Locka, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... Thunderstorms without tornadoes can cause more damage than you would think. For instance, on this date in 1987, a strong thunderstorm in Texas created wind gusts of almost 100 mph. Wind of this magnitude was enough to destroy two airplanes, and caused $1 million in property damage.

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