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Posted on March 4, 2014 at 4:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 4 at 5:05 PM

Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, March 04, 2014

An active weather system moved across the western Gulf Coast on Tuesday, while a frontal boundary extended across the Intermountain West and the Plains.

An onshore flow from the Gulf of Mexico triggered stormy weather along the western Gulf Coast on Tuesday. Winter weather advisories were issued in eastern Texas, Louisiana and western Mississippi as thunderstorms produced a mixture of rain, freezing rain and sleet. Kendall, Texas, reported a midday total of 0.50 inches of hail, while Jefferson Davis, Miss., reported a midday total of 0.03 inches of freezing rain. Winter weather advisories were also issued in the upper Midwest as a swath of snow showers moved across North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. Stark, N.D., reported a midday total of 1.6 inches of snow, while Aitkins, Minn., reported a midday total of 2.5 inches of snow.

Light to moderate snow showers also pushed across the Great Lakes and the Northeast on Tuesday. To the south, rain and freezing rain lingered over part of eastern North Carolina as winter weather advisories were issued across the area.

Out west, an onshore flow from the Pacific ushered rainy weather over Washington and northern Oregon. Shelton, Wash., reported a midday total of 0.91 inches of rain. This system also brought high elevation scattered snow showers to the Cascades and the northern Rockies. High pressure over California kept the majority of the Southwest clear of precipitation.

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Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -20 degrees at Berlin, N.H. to a midday high of 84 degrees at Punta Gorda, Fla.

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