Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, December 17, 2013
A low pressure system over the Great Lakes brought snow to the region on Tuesday, from the upper Midwest through the Northeast. A cold front extended over the Midwest and into the Ohio River valley, which kicked up some heavy snow across Illinois and Indiana, with heavier lake effect snow in southwestern Michigan. Snowfall totals ranged from 2 to 4 inches in most areas, with up to 6.2 inches reported at Beaver Island, Michigan. Strong winds developed along the back side of this system with highest winds up to 64 mph reported at Livingston, Montana.
At the same time, another trough of low pressure moved over the Appalachians and into the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states. Heaviest snowfall totals by midday on Tuesday reached up to 2 and 3 inches for parts of Pennsylvania and New York state. Precipitation increased across the Central and Northern Appalachians as a cold front associated with this system approached the region. Winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings have been issued across most of the Northeast.
Elsewhere, high pressure dominated the rest of the nation with dry and mild temperatures. This spread warmer air across the country from the South, allowing for temperatures to gradually rise from west to east across the nation.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -27 degrees at Saranac Lake, N.Y. to a midday high of 97 degrees at Orange Grove, Texas