Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, January 26, 2013.
Active weather persisted in the Southwest, the Northwest, and parts of the Northeast on Saturday as multiple weather features affected the nation. In the West, a low pressure system moved over the Desert Southwest and into the Rocky Mountains. This pulled in abundant moisture from the Pacific Ocean and brought heavy rain showers to most of Arizona and New Mexico, with heavy snow to Utah and western Colorado. Snowfall accumulation ranged from 5 to 10 inches in these areas, with over a foot in areas above 8,500 feet. Heaviest rainfall was reported in Sedona, Arizona with a mid-day total of 1.33 inches. Flood advisories have been issued for parts of the Desert Southwest, while winter weather warnings and watches have been issued across Utah and Colorado.
Meanwhile in the Northwest, another low pressure system moved eastward over the Pacific Northwest and pulled a cold front eastward with it. This system triggered rain, freezing rain, and snow showers from western Washington and Oregon, through the Intermountain West and into the Northern Plains. A warm front extended ahead of this system as it moved eastward and toward the Northern Plains. Scattered snow showers developed north of this front from North Dakota through Minnesota and Wisconsin.
In the East, wintry precipitation diminished early on Saturday as a frontal boundary and associated low pressure system moved offshore of the East Coast. A few scattered snow showers lingered over the Great Lakes and parts of the Northeast, but significant precipitation had ended.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of -25 degrees at Cook, Minn. to a midday high of 83 degrees at Falfurrias, Texas