Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013
An area of low pressure ushered an active weather system across the Northeast on Thursday, while a ridge of high pressure kept the West Coast clear of wet weather.
A low pressure system along the coast of New England brought a mixture of rain, freezing rain and snow to several states. The heaviest snow fell in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, while rainy weather developed along the coasts of Connecticut and Massachusetts. Marlborough, N.H., reported a midday total of 2.50 inches of snow, while Greenfield, Mass., reported a midday total of 1.0 inches of snow.
Meanwhile, winter weather advisories were issued along western Michigan as a separate area of low pressure pushed snow across the Great Lakes. The heaviest snow occurred downwind of the Great Lakes, especially in western New York and into Pennsylvania. A cold frontal boundary associated with this low pressure extended from the central Great Lakes to the northern Plains, as cold, blustery conditions swept across the northern tier of the country. International Falls, Minn., recorded a morning low of -24 degrees, while Cook, Minn., recorded a morning low of -23 degrees.
To the south, an onshore flow from the Atlantic triggered spotty showers across southern Florida on thursday. The same type of system occurred along southern Texas, where an onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico initiated showers and thunderstorms over the region. Miami, Fla., reported a midday total of 3.54 inches of rain, while Zapata, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.52 inches of rain.
The West Coast stayed clear of wet weather on Thursday as a ridge of high pressure continued to build along the eastern Pacific.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -24 degrees at International Falls, Minn. to a midday high of 82 degrees at Point Mugu, Calif.