Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014
A cold frontal boundary extended across the Gulf of Mexico and Florida on Tuesday, while an onshore flow persisted over the Pacific Northwest.
Winter storm warnings and freezing rain advisories were issued across the Gulf Coast, the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic on Tuesday as an active weather system moved across the region. Cold air interacted with a warm, muggy air mass along a frontal boundary to trigger freezing rain, sleet and snow over the southern Plains and the western portion of the Gulf of Mexico. Wise, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.10 of an inch of freezing rain, while Woods, Okla., reported a midday total of 6.5 inches of snow. A mixture of rain and snow also impacted parts of the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic, as Camden, S.C., reported a midday total of 2.53 inches of rain. The Northeast stayed mostly clear of precipitation.
Meanwhile, a cold front skimmed across the upper Intermountain West and the northern Plains on Tuesday, as moderate to heavy snow moved over Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota. High wind watches were issued in Montana and Wyoming, as Livingston, Mont., recorded wind speeds of 61 mph.
The Pacific Northwest continued to experience rainy weather on Tuesday due to an onshore flow from the Pacific. Newport Airport, Ore., reported a midday total of 0.53 inches of rain. The Southwest avoided wet weather as a ridge of high pressure continued to build along the southern California coast.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -31 degrees at Cook, Minn. to a midday high of 86 degrees at Immokalee, Fla.