Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, Feb. 06, 2014
An area of low pressure drove precipitation across the western portion of the U.S. on Thursday, while rain and snow moved across the southern Plains, the lower Mississippi Valley and the Gulf Coast.
A low pressure system skimmed across the West Coast on Thursday, which brought a blast of rainy weather to Oregon and California, as well as snow showers to the Cascades and the Sierras. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued across the Pacific Northwest and parts of the Southwest, as Lake Tahoe, Calif., reported a midday total of 9.0 inches of snow, while Squaw Valley, Calif., also reported a midday total of 9.0 inches of snow. The heaviest rain associated with this system pushed across northern California and southern Oregon, as San Francisco, Calif., reported a midday total of 0.64 inches of rain, while San Jose, Calif., reported a midday total of 0.61 inches of rain.
A very cold air mass swept across the upper Intermountain West, the northern Plains and the upper Midwest on Thursday as wind chill advisories were issued across a handful of states. Cut Bank, Mont. recorded a morning low of -35 degrees with a wind chill factor of -48 degrees, while Butte, Mont., recorded a morning low of -34 degrees with a wind chill factor of -50 degrees. To the south, an onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico brought showers and thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast and Southeast, as well as spotty snow showers to the southern Plains and the lower Mississippi Valley. The majority of the Eastern Seaboard avoided precipitation on Thursday.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of -35 degrees at Cut Bank, Mont. to a midday high of 86 degrees at Immokalee, Fla.