Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, December 06, 2013
A mixture of rain, snow, and freezing rain moved across the Eastern states on Friday as a strong cold front continued to make its way eastward throughout the day. The system pulled moisture in from the Gulf of Mexico, while also pulling cool air in from Canada. This allowed for rain and snow to develop from eastern Texas into the Northeast. 2.60 inches of sleet was reported at Macon, Arkansas, while 7.3 inches of snow was reported southwest of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. The ice storm moved out of eastern Texas early Friday morning, with overnight sleet accumulation up to 3.5 inches at Little Elm, Texas. The northern side of this system brought heavy snow from Missouri through the Ohio River Valley. Snowfall reports ranged from 12 inches at Chester, Illinois to 9 inches at Frederickstown, Missouri. As this front moved through, it pushed cool air into the Southeast. Temperatures ranged from 15 to 25 degrees below normal across the region.
Meanwhile, out West, below normal temperatures continued across the Western states as another strong low pressure system moved in from the Pacific Ocean. This system brought rain and snow showers to northern California and Oregon, with snowfall totals across the Cascades ranging from 3 to 5 inches. Snow levels continued to drop as this system brought more cold air in from the north. Snow levels dropped to 1,000 feet across far northern California and into Oregon.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of -31 degrees at Walden, Colo. to a midday high of 89 degrees at Immokalee, Fla.