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Winter like conditions continued to impact the Pacific Northwest and the Intermountain West on Saturday, while a cold frontal boundary pushed across the central and northern Plains.

Winter storm warnings were issued across the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West on Saturday as a result of an unsettled air mass over the region. Heavy snow showers impacted the Cascades and Rockies, while rain pushed across western Washington and northwestern Oregon.

Gunnison, Colo., reported a midday total of 6.0 inches of snow, while Cassia, Idaho, reported a midday total of 8.1 inches of snow. Strong winds also accompanied this system, especially along mountainous terrain. Wolf Creek Pass, Colo., recorded wind gusts of 71 mph, while Laramie, Wyo., recorded wind gusts of 53 mph. The Southwest stayed clear of precipitation, as temperatures ranged between the 60s and 70s in the Southern California and Arizona deserts.

A cold front moved across the central and northern Plains on Saturday. This system interacted with a warm, muggy air mass from the Gulf of Mexico and triggered showers and thunderstorms over the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Temperatures ranged between the 40s and 50s across the region. The eastern third of the country stayed clear of wet weather on Saturday, with the exception being Florida, where thunderstorms developed during the late morning and early afternoon. Zephyrhills, Fla., reported a midday total of 0.59 inches of rain.

SATURDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................86 Edinburg, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................92 Brownsville, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................15 Bryce Canyon, Utah

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-22 Arctic Village, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................71 Wolf Creek Pass, Colo.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.59 Zephyrhills, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... Hurricane warnings were in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands on this date in 1999 as Hurricane Lenny threatened the island. Lenny packed winds of 115 mph and was not only unusual because it was so late in the season. It was also unusual because it moved west to east across the Caribbean, making it the first hurricane to approach Puerto Rico from the west.

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