Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, February 22, 2013.
Wintry weather continued to move through the country on Friday, as a strong winter storm moved northeastward from the Central Plains and into the Great Lakes. The system created a frontal boundary that kicked up moderate to heavy snow showers across the Upper Midwest and into the Great Lakes. Snowfall totals ranged from 3 to 5 inches in most areas, with isolated amounts over 7 inches in Iowa and southern Minnesota. At the same time, a warm front extended eastward from this system and brought snow showers up the Ohio River Valley, into the Northeast. Snowfall totals in these areas remained less than 3 inches for these areas. Winter weather advisories have been issued from Minnesota through Michigan, and Ohio, into New York and Pennsylvania. To the south, a cold front extended southward from this system and kicked up more shower and thunderstorm activity across the Southeast from the Lower Mississippi River Valley through the Carolinas and Virginias. Some of these storms turned severe with heavy rains and strong winds. Nickel to quarter size hail was reported in Cranfield and Kingston, Mississippi.
Meanwhile out West, a low pressure system that moved into British Columbia from the Gulf of Alaska pushed a frontal boundary into the Pacific Northwest. This kicked up heavy rain and high elevations snow across Washington and Oregon, and moved into the Intermountain West Friday afternoon and evening.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of -5 degrees at Greeley, Colo. to a midday high of 87 degrees at Plant City, Fla.