Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A strong winter storm swept across the Northeast on Wednesday with heavy snowfall and freezing rain. A strong low pressure system moved eastward across the Eastern states and over the Eastern Seaboard. This system pulled moisture in from the Atlantic Ocean and brought heavy snow to the Northeast from Maine through Pennsylvania and New York. Snowfall totals ranged from 4 to 6 inches with up to 9 inches reported at Orwell, Vermont and 7 inches reported at Inlet, New York. Strong winds accompanied this system with gusts up to 41 mph reported at Diamond Island, Vermont and 53 mph reported at Erie, Pennsylvania. Winter weather advisories have been issued across the region and a blizzard warning has been posted for western New York stated due to these strong and gusty winds. These areas experienced dangerous roads with white-out conditions. Winter weather advisories remained in effect for the back side of this system as snow showers lingered over the Midwest from Illinois through Ohio.
Meanwhile to the south, scattered rain showers developed south of this system due to above freezing temperatures. Rainfall totals across the Mid-Atlantic states and Central Appalachians varied around 1 inch. Further south, the tail end of a cold front lingered over Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, which allowed for a few scattered showers to pop up over the state.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of -14 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a midday high of 88 degrees at Pompano Beach, Fla.