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A very active weather system moved across the western third of the country on Friday, while several waves of low pressure trekked across the central U.S.

A cold frontal boundary inched across California on Friday, bringing much needed rain and snow to the drought-ridden state. Flash flood warnings and coastal flood warnings were issued across Southern California as several bands of heavy rain and thunderstorms pushed across the region. Oxnard, Calif., reported a midday total of 1.99 inches of rain, while Van Nuys, Calif., reported a midday total of 1.94 inches of rain. Winter storm warnings were issued across the central and southern Sierra Nevadas, as well as a handful of Southern California mountain ranges. Mono, Calif., reported a midday total of 8.0 inches of snow.

A cold front also extended from the Pacific Northwest, over the Intermountain West and into the Plains on Friday, as blizzard warnings and wind chill warnings were issued across Montana. Cascade, Mont., reported a midday total of 6.0 inches of snow. Meanwhile, a pair of low pressure systems pushed across the central and southern Plains. Snow showers moved across the northern Plains and the upper Midwest, while a band of showers and thunderstorms inched across the Mississippi Valley. High Pressure kept the East Coast clear of precipitation.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 San Angelo, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................82 Kingsville NAS, Texas

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-33 Pellston, Mich.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-63 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................70 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.87 Spearfish, S.D.

ON THIS DATE....... If thinking about a trip to tropical Reunion Island in the southern Indian Ocean, the following stunning fact might be smart to take into consideration: The 12-hour world record for rainfall was set on this date in 1964 at Belouve, Reunion, with the town receiving 52.76 inches of rain.

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