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Posted on December 5, 2013 at 5:34 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:04 PM

Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, Dec. 05, 2013

A strong cold frontal boundary extended from the southern Plains to the central Great Lakes on Thursday, while an arctic air mass continued to impact the West Coast.

A cold front stretched from southern Texas to Lake Erie on Thursday, which pushed an active weather system across the central and eastern thirds of the country. Temperatures were 10 to 30 degrees below normal in the southern Plains, the lower Mississippi Valley and across the Appalachians as Ice storm warnings, winter storm warnings and flood watches were issued. This cold front triggered freezing rain, sleet and snow showers across Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois and Indiana. Boise City, Okla., reported a midday total of 2.0 inches of snow, while Sherman, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.10 inches of ice accumulation. Meanwhile, rain and thunderstorms impacted a handful of states, as the strongest thunderstorms moved across the Tennessee Valley and the Ohio Valley. Nashville, Tenn., reported a midday total of 1.80 inches of rain, while Cincinnati, Ohio, reported a midday total of 0.98 inches of rain. The northern Plains and upper Midwest avoided precipitation on Thursday, although frigid, blustery conditions lingered over the two regions.

Meanwhile, the western third of the country continued to experience very cold temperatures due to an arctic air mass over the area. Hard freezing warnings were issued across the Central Valley of California and into the desert Southwest, while winter storm warnings were issued along higher terrain. The coldest temperatures affected the Intermountain West and the Great Basin on Thursday, as Walden, Colo., recorded a morning low of -32 degrees, and Laramie, Wyo., recorded a morning low of -29 degrees with a wind chill factor of -46 degrees.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -32 degrees at Walden-Jackson Cnty AP, Wa, Colo. to a midday high of 87 degrees at Marco Island Airport, Fla.

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