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A low pressure system ushered wet weather into the Pacific Northwest and the northwest Great Basin, while strong thunderstorms pounded the Midwest.

Light rain showers moved through Washington, Oregon, and parts of Idaho early today as a low pressure system sat over northern Nevada. Light snow flurries also fell at high elevations in the northern Cascades. The Southwest stayed clear of precipitation, although temperatures stayed cool. A ridge of high pressure that was situated over Colorado kept the four corners region clear.

Just to the east, a cold frontal boundary stretched from Texas to Wisconsin, which triggered strong thunderstorms throughout the Mississippi Valley and parts of the Ohio Valley.

Mena, Arkansas reported a mid day total of 1.40 inches of rain, while Athens, Texas reported a mid day total of 1.05 inches of rain. Strong winds were also reported behind in the northern Plains, as Minot AFB, North Dakota reported wind speeds of 52 mph.

Coastal flood advisories were issued along the Mid-Atlantic coast earlier today as a low pressure system continued to usher wet weather into the region. Moderate showers fell in Maryland, Delaware ,and New Jersey in the morning, but started to taper off by the early afternoon.

Meanwhile, the remainder of the East Coast avoided wet weather as high pressure was situated over the Southeast.


SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................94 Edinburg, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................104 Rockport, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................17 Leadville, Colo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................7 Nuiqsut, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................66 St. George, Alaska

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.61 Golovin, Alaska


ON THIS DATE.......The Columbus Day Big Blow occurred on this date in 1962 in the Pacific Northwest. It is most likely the more severe and damaging windstorm to occur west of the Cascade Mountains. Winds reached hurricane force in some areas and more than 3.5 billion board feet of timber were blown down. In the end, 48 people died and the storm caused 210 million dollars in damage.

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