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A cold front stretched across parts of the Southwest and the Intermountain West on Friday, while a separate frontal boundary extended from the southern Plains to the Great Lakes.

Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued across parts of the central Plains, the Middle Mississippi Valley and the upper Midwest on Friday as a swath of snow showers pushed over several states. Light to moderate snow fell in portions of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, as Hillsdale, Mich., reported a midday total of 1.0 inches of snow.

The northern Plains and upper Midwest avoided precipitation as a high pressure system dominated the region. Very cold, blustery conditions swept across several states due to an arctic air mass over the area, as Pine River, Minn., recorded a morning low of -27 degrees, while Hibbing, Minn., recorded a morning low of -26 degrees. The southern Plains and the Gulf Coast stayed warm and sunny on Friday, as Breckenridge, Texas recorded a midday high of 81 degrees.

Along the Eastern Seaboard, light snow fell in parts of the Northeast, while a frontal boundary triggered showers and thunderstorms over Florida. Melbourne, Fla., reported a midday total of 1.98 inches of rain, while Fort Lauderdale, Fla., reported a midday total of 1.31 inches of rain.

In the West, a separate frontal boundary produced heavy snow showers over the central Rockies as winter storm warnings were issued in eastern Utah, Colorado and northern New Mexico. Gunnison, Colo., reported a midday total of 15.0 inches of snow. The West Coast stayed mostly clear of rain and snow, although light rain moved across parts of the Pacific Northwest.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Breckenridge, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................89 Kendall, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-27 Pine River, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-40 Park Rapids, Minn.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................84 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.98 Melbourne, Fla.

ON THIS DATE....... Yesterday, the weather history spoke of extremely high temperatures in Great Falls, Mont., in 1989 ahead of a cold arctic air mass. Well, the cold air mass reached Great Falls today in 1989 and dropped the temperature 85 degrees in just 36 hours. Wind chill readings fell to -80 degrees in Montana, and the extreme cold caused the brakes on a freight train to fail.

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