Weather Underground midday recap for Monday, Dec. 23, 2013
A cold frontal boundary began to make its way off of the East Coast on Monday, while a ridge of high pressure kept the desert Southwest warm and dry.
Active weather associated with a cold front extended from the central Gulf Coast to the Northeast on Monday. Winter storm warnings and ice storm warnings were issued across New England as wintery weather passed through the region. Washington, Maine, reported a midday total of 1.10 inches of freezing rain, while Mars Hill, Maine, reported a midday total of 8.0 inches of snow. Showers and thunderstorms developed along the central and southern ends of the cold front, as flood warnings and flood watches were issued across a handful of southeastern states. Dothan, Ala., reported a midday total of 2.62 inches of rain, while Chester, S.C., reported a midday total of 2.23 inches of rain.
The north central U.S. experienced very cold temperatures on Monday as a high pressure system continued to draw an arctic air mass over the area. Hettinger, N.D., recorded a morning low of -34 degrees, while Wolf Point, Mont., recorded a morning low of -32 degrees with a wind chill factor of -50 degrees. Scattered snow showers developed over Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri due to a low pressure system over the southern Plains.
Out west, a cold front ushered showers across the Pacific Northwest on Monday, while a low pressure system drove snow showers across the northern Rockies. The Southwest stayed warm and sunny as a ridge of high pressure continued to sit over the eastern Pacific.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of -38 degrees at Glen Ullin Rgnl, Glen Ulli, N.D. to a midday high of 89 degrees at Immokalee Regional Airport, Fla.