Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Snow developed across the Central Plains on Wednesday and heavy rain returned to the Pacific Northwest. A trough of low pressure moved over Texas and Oklahoma, which allowed for a band of snow to develop from the Central Plains through the Ohio River Valley. Snowfall totals with this system ranged from 2 to 4 inches from northern Missouri through northern Ohio. Most of Kansas saw a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, and snow, while Oklahoma and northern Texas saw mostly rain showers. Rainfall totals for these areas remained less than a half of an inch.
Meanwhile in the West, a low pressure system in the Pacific Ocean created a cold front that pushed into Washington, Oregon, and extended into northern California. This system kicked up widespread scattered showers with periods of heavy rainfall for parts of western Washington and Oregon. Sheldon, Washington reported a midday total of 1.34 inches of rain, while Salem, Oregon reported 0.94 inches of rain. High winds accompanied this system with gusts up to 40 and 50 mph at highest mountain passes. Thus, high wind advisories and flood warnings and watches have been issued for the Northwestern corner of the nation.
In the East, a system lingered over the Southeast and allowed for a cold front to produce moderate to heavy rain showers from the Carolinas through northern Florida. Cross City, Florida reported a midday total of 0.65 inches of rain by midday on Wednesday.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of -27 degrees at Ely, Minn. to a midday high of 86 degrees at Immokalee, Fla.