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An area of low pressure trekked north northeastward along the New England coast on Wednesday, bringing heavy snow showers and strong winds to the northeastern corner of the country. Blizzard warnings were issued in eastern Maine, while hurricane force wind warnings were issued from the northern Mid-Atlantic coast to the New England coast.

Bass Harbor, Maine, reported a midday total of 2.0 inches of snow, while Nantucket, Mass., recorded wind speeds of 82 mph. High pressure over the Tennessee Valley kept conditions clear across the lower Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast on Wednesday.

A separate low pressure system pushed eastward across the southern Plains, as showers and thunderstorms popped up over parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. San Antonio Stinson, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.51 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary stretched from Southern California to Wyoming on Wednesday, as wet weather moved across parts of the West Coast, the Great Basin and the Intermountain West. The heaviest rain developed over the Pacific Northwest, as Tillamook, Ore., reported a midday total of 0.75 inches of rain. Scattered snow showers also pushed across the Cascades, the Rockies and the Sierra Nevadas as winter storm warnings were issued in the northern Sierra Nevadas. Lake Tahoe, Calif., reported a midday total of 6.0 inches of snow.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................78 Phoenix, Ariz.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F).......................... ,

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-18 Crane Lake, Minn.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-32 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................82 Nantucket, Mass.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................0.90 Wheeler AAF, Hawaii

ON THIS DATE....... It was a warm Easter Sunday for the central United States on this date in 1989. A dozen cities reported record high temperature readings. Dodge City, Kan., was one of those cities, With an afternoon reading of 88 degrees. Strong southerly winds with gusts up to 51 mph also hit the city.

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