Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013
Winter storm warnings were issued across the Ohio Valley and the Northeast on Saturday, while a cold frontal boundary extended from southern Texas to Tennessee.
A low pressure system began trigger a lake effect snow event along the Northeast on Saturday, as winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued in a handful of states. The heaviest snow fell in New York and Massachusetts, as Dunkirk, N.Y., reported a midday total of 8.50 inches of snow, and Armonk, N.Y., reported a midday total of 3.30 inches of snow. Cold conditions also persisted across the Great Lakes and the Northeast due to an arctic air mass over the region. Saranac Lake, N.Y., recorded a morning low of -20 degrees, while Mt. Washington, N.H., recorded a morning low of -18 degrees.
Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary stretched from the southern Plains to the Tennessee Valley on Saturday. This system provided showers and thunderstorms to Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas, while a mixture of rain, sleet and snow impacted Missouri and Illinois. Branson, Mo., reported a midday total of 1.93 inches of snow, while Cullman Regional Airport, La., reported a midday total of 0.80 inches of rain. To the north, light snow fell in North Dakota and parts of western Montana.
The western third of the country stayed clear of wet weather on Saturday due to a ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of -20 degrees at Saranac Lake, N.Y. to a midday high of 87 degrees at Marco Island Airport, Fla.