Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014
A cold frontal boundary stretched from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, while an area of high pressure continued to build over the north central U.S.
An active weather system pushed across the eastern third of the country on Thursday as a cold front extended from Mississippi to Ohio. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued across a handful of states in the Ohio Valley and Northeast due to snowy conditions across the region. Fort Hunter, N.Y., reported a midday total of 5.50 inches of snow, while Bradford, Pa., reported a midday total of 5.0 inches of snow. Cold, blustery conditions also pushed across the northern tier of the country as a high pressure system ushered an arctic air mass over the upper Midwest and Great Lakes. Crane Lake, Minn., recorded a morning low of -43 degrees, while Park Rapids, Minn., recorded a morning low of -36 degrees with a wind chill factor of -50 degrees.
Meanwhile, several states across the Southeast experienced rainy weather on Thursday due to an onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico. Gainesville, Fla., reported a midday total of 1.88 inches of rain, while Saint Simons Island, Ga., recorded a midday total of 1.31 inches of rain.
Out west, a low pressure system ushered showers across western Washington, while light snow moved through the Cascades. The remainder of the West Coast stayed clear of wet weather on Thursday.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -43 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a midday high of 87 degrees at Marco Island, Fla.