Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013
A cold frontal boundary extended from the upper Intermountain West to the central Plains on Tuesday, while a low pressure system lingered along the western portion of the Gulf of Mexico.
Winter weather advisories were issued across Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and North Dakota on Tuesday as a cold front pushed across the region. Sheridan, Mont., reported a midday total of 3.0 inches of snow, while McCone, Mont., reported a midday total of 4.0 inches of snow. Cold, blustery conditions also persisted across the northern Plains and upper Midwest as an arctic air mass swept across the region. Crane Lake, Minn., recorded a morning low of -38 degrees, while Hibbing, Minn., recorded a morning low of -33 degrees with a windchill factor of -46 degrees. Snowy weather also moved across southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a separate cold front stretched across the Northeast, which triggered light snow over several states. The remainder of the East Coast stayed clear of precipitation.
A low pressure system lingered along the western side of the Gulf of Mexico, as wet weather pushed across southern Texas and the central Gulf Coast. Harlingen, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.52 inches of rain, while Weslaco, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.45 inches of rain.
The West Coast stayed mostly clear of rain and snow on Tuesday as a ridge of high pressure continued to build over the eastern Pacific.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -38 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a midday high of 79 degrees at Marathon, Fla.