Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, December 27, 2012.
A strong winter storm continued to affect the Northeast, snow showers moved into the Upper Midwest, and scattered snow showers persisted for the Western states on Thursday. The strong low pressure system over the Northeast continued to advance northeastward and away from the region throughout the day. The system allowed for cold, snowy, and breezy conditions to persist from upper New York state through Maine. Snowfall totals reached over a foot in many areas, with heaviest 24 hour snowfall totals up to 20 inches at Sodus, New York. Most areas saw snowfall accumulation from 5 to 10 inches. Strong winds continued in the vicinity of this storm, but did not create blizzard conditions as were seen in the Ohio River Valley and Midwest earlier this week. Strongest winds were reported along the coast and at higher elevations. Brick, New Jersey reported 74 mph wind gusts, while 105 mph was reported at Mount Washington, New Hampshire.
Behind this system in the Plains, a trough of low pressure advanced off the Rockies and into the Plains. This brought cool and snowy conditions with it, spreading another 2 to 4 inches of snow across the Dakotas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Iowa, and into the Great Lakes.
Meanwhile out West, moisture lingered over the Rocky Mountains and allowed for scattered snow showers to continue for parts of the Great Basin as well as the Central and Southern Rockies. Snowfall totals ranged from 2 to 6 inches at lower elevations, up to 1 foot at highest mountain peaks.
The Southeast saw more frost and freeze warnings as overnight lows dropped to near freezing again in many locations. Daytime highs remained in the mid-50s to lower 60s across much of northern Florida.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -15 degrees at Cut Bank, Mont. to a midday high of 73 degrees at Kendall, Fla.