Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, March 07, 2014
An area of low pressure skimmed across the Eastern Seaboard on Friday, while a cold front extended from the central Rockies to the western Great Lakes.
Flood warnings were issued in parts of North Carolina on Friday as a low pressure system trekked north northeastward along the East Coast. An abundance of rain and thunderstorms accompanied this system, which impacted several states across the Mid-Atlantic. Greensboro, N.C., reported a midday total of 1.79 inches of rain, while Gastonia, N.C., reported a midday total of 1.59 inches of rain. High pressure over the Gulf Coast kept conditions warm and sunny from the southern Plains to the southwestern corner of the country. Ft Lauderdale, Fla., recorded a midday high of 82 degrees.
Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary extended from Colorado to Wisconsin on Friday. Low pressure over the central Rockies triggered a mixture of rain and snow across northern New Mexico, Colorado, southeastern Wyoming and Nebraska. This cold front also allowed for arctic air to move southward from Canada, which swept across the north central portion of the country.
High pressure kept the West Coast clear of precipitation on Friday, as temperatures jumped into the 70s and 80s across the Desert Southwest. Palm Springs, Calif., recorded a midday high of 82 degrees, while Blythe, Calif., also recorded a midday high of 82 degrees.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of -16 degrees at Saranac Lake, N.Y. to a midday high of 84 degrees at El Centro, Calif.