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In the East, a low pressure system moved from the Great Lakes and into the Northeast, creating a frontal boundary that brought snow to Vermont and New Hampshire, with freezing rain and rain developing across Massachusetts, Connecticut and eastern New York State. Snowfall totals ranged from 2 to 4 inches for New York State, while over 6.5 inches of snow was reported in parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. The back side of this system allowed for scattered snow showers to develop over the Great Lakes.

Meanwhile, in the West a low pressure system moved eastward from the Pacific Northwest through the northern Rockies and produced a cold front that stretched from the northern Rockies through the Great Basin and into Nevada. This front kicked up heavy snow across Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming, before moving eastward into the Dakotas. The southern side of this system brought rain and mountain snow showers to Nevada and Utah, and moved into western Colorado throughout the day. Most places saw 4 to 7 inches of snow, with the heaviest snowfall of 14 inches was reported early Wednesday morning at East Portal, Mont. Strong winds also accompanied this system with widespread reports from 40 to 50 mph at highest mountain passes. The strongest gust reached up to 70 mph reported at Alta, Utah.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................87 Pecos, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................87 Kingsville NAS, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................1 Antigo, Wis.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-63 Deadhorse Alpine Airstrip, Alaska

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

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.44 Charlotte, N.C.

ON THIS DATE....... Fate was against a Hutchins, Texas, man who was struck by lightning on this date in 1997. After surviving a traffic accident, the man got out of his vehicle to check on the people in the other car. That is when he was struck by lightning and killed.

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