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A strong winter storm lingered over the Great Lakes on Friday, while the associated cold front brought severe thunderstorms to the Eastern states.

A low pressure system continued moving northeastward, over the Great Lakes and toward eastern Canada. The back side of this system allowed for cool air from Canada to pour across the Upper Midwest, allowing for a few more snow showers to persist for northern and eastern Minnesota, as well as most of Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Most of the heaviest snowfall came to an end early Friday morning with record breaking snowfall totals for many areas of northern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Storm totals since Wednesday reached up to 20 inches for some areas, with 17.70 inches of snow reported at Duluth, Minn. This past snowstorm created the snowiest April on record for Duluth at 41.7 inches.

At the same time, the strong low pressure system continued pushing a cold front through the Eastern states. This system has a history of producing multiple tornadoes with many reports of strong winds and large hail. By midday Friday, one tornado was reported in Mansfield, Ga., with many reports of damaging winds across Alabama and Georgia.

Severe flooding continued for the Ohio River Valley and Mid-Mississippi River Valley as the cold front created heavy rains for the region yesterday. Two day rainfall totals for much of Illinois ranged from 5 to 7 inches. This created major flooding concerns for the region, with many areas experiencing record flood levels.

Meanwhile, in the West, another storm system dropped into the Pacific Northwest from the Gulf of Mexico. This brought moisture onshore, which kicked up rain showers through the Intermountain West and Northern Rockies. Snow showers developed at highest elevations in parts of Idaho and western Montana.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................91 Orlando International, Fla.

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

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Leadville, Colo.

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

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................75 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.60 New Orleans Lakefront, La.

ON THIS DATE....... Much of the western United States sweltered in a heat wave on this date in 1989 as 12 cities reported record high temperatures. The earliest triple digit recording was reporting at Tucson Ariz., while Hanksville Utah, tied their record high of 98 degrees.

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