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An active weather system pushed across the eastern third of the country on Friday due to a cold front that stretched from Louisiana to Michigan. Severe thunderstorms watches were issued in eastern Louisiana as a line of strong thunderstorms developed across the central Gulf Coast and the Southeast. Flood warnings were also issued in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi due to heavy rain over the region.

Monroe, La., reported a midday total of 2.04 inches of rain, while Ruston, La., reported a midday total of 1.67 inches of rain. Along the northern end of the frontal boundary, a low pressure system drove a mixture of rain and snow across the upper Midwest and the Great Lakes, while rain and thunderstorms developed across the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Northeast. Fillmore, Minn., reported a midday total of 4.0 inches of snow, while Paducah, Ky., reported a midday total of 1.49 inches of rain. Winter weather advisories were issued across New England as this storm system approached the area.

In the West, a cold front skimmed across the coast of California. This system brought scattered showers to northern California on Friday. An onshore flow from the Pacific also ushered showers across parts of Oregon, Washington, Idaho and western Montana. The central third of the country stayed mostly clear of wet weather due to a ridge of high pressure over the central Plains.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................89 New Bern, N.C.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................88 Kendall, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-2 Yellowstone, Wyo.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-36 Kuparuk, Alaska

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................60 Audubon, Iowa

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.78 Huntingburg, Ind.

ON THIS DATE....... On this date in 1990, parts of New York were covered in snow after a strong storm moved through the area. A record snowfall of 5.8 inches of was reported in Buffalo, while nearly a foot of snow fell in Warsaw and 9.5 inches fell in Rochester.

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