Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013
Snowy conditions pushed across the northern Plains and upper Midwest on Tuesday, while high pressure settled in over the Eastern Seaboard.
Heavy snow showers moved across the north central portion of the country on Tuesday as winter weather advisories were issued in the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Bayfield, Wisc., reported a midday total of 11.0 inches of snow, while Chisago, Minn., reported a midday total of 4.0 inches of snow. An arctic air mass continue to provide blustery conditions to the area, as International Falls, Minn., recorded a morning low of -32 degrees with a wind chill factor of -41 degrees.
To the east, scattered snow showers pushed across portions of the Northeast, as the heaviest snow fell in northeastern Ohio, central Pennsylvania and western New York. Gusty winds also moved through the region, as Mt. Washington, N.H., recorded wind speeds of 61 mph. The remainder of the Eastern Seaboard avoided stormy conditions as a cold frontal boundary propagated eastward over the Atlantic.
Warm, sunny weather continued to persist from the southern Plains to the desert Southwest as a ridge of high pressure settled in over the area. The Pacific Northwest also avoided precipitation on Tuesday, although temperatures ranged between the 30s and 40s across the Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -32 degrees at Longville, Minn. to a midday high of 84 degrees at Miami, Fla.