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A cold frontal boundary inched closer to the West Coast today, while a separate, more extensive cold front stretched from the Southwest to the central portion of the Eastern Seaboard.

Hard freeze warnings were issued across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee as a cold front moved across the region. Freeze warnings were also issued in Louisiana, Alabama, Florida and Georgia as a result of this frontal boundary.

Several regions also experienced spotty rain and snow showers as this cold front headed eastward. Snowy conditions pushed across parts of the upper Midwest and the Northeast, while showers stretched across several Mid-Atlantic states.

Scattered showers moved across parts of Washington state, Oregon and California as a cold front approached the West Coast. Temperatures ranged between the 40s and 50s in the Pacific Northwest, while temperatures were between the 70s and 80s in the Southwest.

The southern California and Arizona deserts experienced warmer conditions, as temperatures rose into the 80s and 90s. Tucson, Ariz., recorded a midday high of 93 degrees, while El Centro, Calif., recorded a midday high of 87 degrees.

Very cold temperatures lingered in parts of the Intermountain West and northern Plains states during the morning as high pressure brought clear skies to the region. Valley City, N.D., recorded a morning low of 1 degree, while Havre, Mont., also recorded a morning low of 1 degree.

TODAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

-HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................93 Tucson, Ariz.

-HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................93 Kendall, Fla.

-LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Valley City, N.D.

-LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-32 Mt. Washington, N.H.

-HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................66 Mt. Washington, N.H.

-HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.93 Quillayute, Wash.

ON THIS DATE:

The devastating "Bangladesh Cyclone" hit the Bay of Bengal on this date in 1970. A wall of water nearly 20 feet high engulfed all low lying areas and islands in the Ganges Delta region and killed an estimated 300,000 people.

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