Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, March 02, 2014
A very active storm system moved across the central and eastern thirds of the country on Sunday, while a wave of low pressure moved across the Pacific Northwest.
A significant winter storm pushed across the Plains, the Midwest and the MId-Atlantic on Sunday as a cold frontal boundary extended from southern Texas to Massachusetts. Winter storm warnings and ice storm warnings were issued in a handful of states as freezing rain, sleet and snow impacted the region. Freezing rain and sleet moved across Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, Illinois and Kentucky, while a swath of snow showers developed from Kansas to Pennsylvania. Cook, Ill., reported a midday total of 4.1 inches of snow, while Livingston, Mo., reported a midday total of 4.0 inches of snow. A line of thunderstorms also developed along the frontal boundary, and stretched from southeastern Texas to southeastern New York. Meanwhile, temperatures were 30 to 50 degrees below normal across the northern tier of the country, while the Gulf Coast and Southeast experienced warm and clear conditions. Crane Lake, Minn., recorded a morning low of -38 degrees, while McAllen, Texas, recorded a midday high of 87 degrees.
Out west, a wave of low pressure ushered precipitation across the northwestern corner of the country. Rain moved across Oregon and Washington, while snow showers impacted the Cascades and the northern Rockies. Skagit, Wash., reported a midday total of 6.1 inches of snow, while Cassia, Idaho, reported a midday total of 11.6 inches of snow. Light, scattered showers also moved across parts of California on Sunday.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of -38 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a midday high of 87 degrees at McAllen, Texas