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An active weather system continued to have an impact on the East Coast on Tuesday, while a ridge of high pressure kept the West Coast calm and sunny.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued across the Ohio Valley, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast on Tuesday as snow, sleet and freezing rain moved across the regions. The heaviest snow fell in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, while sleet and freezing rain affected West Virginia, Maryland and southern Pennsylvania. State College, Pa., reported a midday total of 3.80 inches of snow, while Lemont, Pa., reported a midday total of 3.0 inches of snow.

Flood warnings were also issued across parts of the Northeast as rain and thunderstorms pushed across the Eastern Seaboard. To the south, Tornado warnings were issued in Florida and parts of Georgia as a surge of moisture pushed onshore from the Gulf of Mexico. This frontal boundary triggered severe thunderstorms over several states in the Southeast, as Valparaiso, Fla., reported a midday total of 3.98 inches of rain. Strong winds also accompanied this system, as Fort Polk, La., recorded wind speeds of 58 mph.

The central third of the country experienced chilly temperatures on Tuesday as freeze warnings were issued across the southern Plains. The northern Plains and upper Midwest experienced the coldest morning temperatures, as Wolf Point, Mont., recorded a morning low of -2 degrees. The West Coast avoided wet weather on Tuesday due to a ridge of high pressure over the region.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................86 Punta Gorda, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................90 Punta Gorda, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-2 Wolf Point, Mont.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-39 Wainwright, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................63 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................3.98 Valparaiso, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... If you like warm weather, the Great Lakes region is the wrong place to live. On this date in 1896, the northern Plains and upper Mississippi Valley were hit by a blizzard carrying very high winds and extreme cold temperatures. The temperature at Pokegama Dam, Mich., plunged to -45 degrees.

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