Weather across the nation on October 4, 2016

Rain and snow mix across Central Rockies; Winter storm warnings in Montana

A low pressure area moved east northeastward across the northern high Plains and south central Canada today, ushering in light to moderate rain and high elevation snow across the central Rockies, the northern Rockies and the northern Plains.

Winter storm warnings were issued for central Montana. Havre, Montana, reported a midday total of 6.0 inches of snow. Lewistown, Montana, reported a midday total of 2.0 inches. Flood warnings and winter weather advisories were also issued for the northeastern corner of Montana. A cold frontal boundary associated with this system extended south southwestward from the northern Plains to the southern Rockies

Rain and strong thunderstorms fired up along and near this frontal boundary across the western tier of the Midwest, the northern Plains and the central Plains. Norfolk, Nebraska, reported a midday total of 1.82 inches of rain. Salina, Kansas, reported a midday total of 0.92 of an inch. Temperatures stayed well below normal across a handful of states west of the Plains. Gunnison, Colorado, recorded a morning low of 17 degrees.

Just to the west, an area of low pressure pushed moderate rain over western Washington and northwest Oregon. Quillayute, Washington, reported a midday total of 0.42 of an inch of rain.

Meanwhile, the remnants of a frontal boundary kept showers and isolated thunderstorms in the picture for the southern Mid-Atlantic and the Florida Peninsula. Key West Naval Air Station, Florida, reported a midday total of 0.76 of an inch of rain. Orlando International Airport reported a midday total of 0.49 of an inch of rain. Tropical storm watches and hurricane watches were issued along eastern Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Matthew.

TUESDAY'S WEATHER EXTREMES:

HIGHEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F).........................96 Edinburg, Texas

HIGHEST HEAT INDEX (DEGREES F)..........................106 Tampa Macdill AFB, Florida

LOWEST TEMPERATURE (DEGREES F)..........................17 Gunnison, Colorado

LOWEST WIND CHILL (DEGREES F)...........................-5 Monarch Pass, Colorado

HIGHEST WIND GUST (MPH).................................58 Monarch Pass, Colorado.

HIGHEST PRECIPITATION (INCHES)..........................2.06 Hilo, Hawaii
 

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