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Cold air from Canada poured in from the north and allowed for early morning low temperatures to drop into the single digits across the upper Midwest and Great Lakes region, while daytime highs hovered around freezing.

This allowed for snow showers to develop, and possibly heavy snow in some areas of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Winter weather advisories have been issued for the region as 6 to 10 inches of new snow were possible on Wednesday. Mille Lacs, Minn., reported a midday total of 4.0 inches of snow with visibility less than 2 blocks.

Elsewhere across the nation, the eastern states saw unseasonably cold temperatures after the passage of a strong cold front. Freeze and frost advisories have been issued for the Mid-Atlantic states and the Eastern Valleys as high temperatures ranged in the 50s, about 10 to 15 degrees below normal. Early morning low temperatures dropped into the upper 20s throughout the region.

Meanwhile in the West, scattered showers returned to the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies as moisture moved in from the Pacific Ocean. The Southwestern states remained dry and warm as high pressure dominated.

WEDNESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................82 Kendall, Fla.

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................86 Kendall, Fla.

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................-2 Gwinn, Mich.

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-39 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................90 Mt. Washington, N.H.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................1.02 Bar Harbor, Maine

ON THIS DATE....... Oklahoma experienced damaging weather on this date in 1990. Along with strong winds, large baseball size hail fell near Carney, Okla. Unfortunately, many near deadline tax returns were blown away from a mail cart by reported wind gusts of 100 mph in Oklahoma City.

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