Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
A cold frontal boundary extended from New Mexico to the Mid-Atlantic on Thursday, while a ridge of high pressure continued to build over the eastern Pacific.
A cold frontal boundary stretched across the southern Plains, the Gulf Coast and along the East Coast on Thursday. Freezing rain and winter weather advisories were issued across Texas while hard freezing warnings were issued along the Gulf Coast as a cold air mass accompanied the frontal boundary. Dallam, Texas, reported a midday total of 1.5 inches of snow, while Cimarron, Okla., reported a midday total of 1.0 inches of snow. To the north, extremely cold weather swept across the northern Plains and the upper Midwest as high pressure was situated over South Dakota. International Falls, Minn., recorded a morning low of -36 degrees with a windchill factor of -49 degrees, while Park Rapids, Minn., recorded a morning low of -33 degrees with a windchill factor of -51 degrees. Cold, blustery conditions also moved across the Northeast on Thursday, while a low pressure system drove light snow across parts of the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic.
The West Coast avoided precipitation as a ridge of high pressure continued to build over the eastern Pacific. Warm, dry conditions persisted across the Southwest, as Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 75 degrees, while Corona, Calif., recorded a midday high of 72 degrees.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -36 degrees at International Falls, Minn. to a midday high of 77 degrees at McAllen, Texas