Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, December 26, 2012.
A major winter storm lifted across the Eastern Valleys and Mid-Atlantic on Wednesday and brought significant rain, snow, freezing rain, and severe thunderstorms to areas from the Mississippi Delta to the Great Lakes and eastward through portions of the Mid-Atlantic to southern New England. Warm and moist flow in the eastern sector of this system kicked up rain and thunderstorms across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic as well as chances of severe thunderstorms in eastern North Carolina and extreme southeastern Virginia. As of this afternoon, there have been several reports of severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts of up to 62 mph and downed trees in Brunswick, Pender, and Bladen Counties, North Carolina. An additional high wind event was also reported in Columbia County, Florida with downed trees and powerlines. To the north and west of this system, strong winds and moderate to heavy snowfall continued from areas of western Illinois and the Tennessee Valley through the Ohio Valley, southern Michigan and into southern New England through the afternoon. Storm total snow accumulations were expected to range from 6 to 18 inches from the Upper Ohio Valley through western New York. As of this afternoon, some of the highest snow accumulations have been reported from Illinois and Indiana with 14.0 inches reported near Goreville, Illinois, 13.0 inches reported near Mount Caramel, Illinois, 11.0 inches reported near Lawerenceville, Illinois, and 10.5 inches reported near Evansville, Indiana. Blizzard Warnings remained in effect for areas of southwestern Indiana through north-central Ohio through the afternoon, while a variety of Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings continued for much of the northeastern quadrant of the nation.
In the West, a cold trough of low pressure moved into the West and brought more rain and high elevation snow to the Pacific Northwest, California, and the Intermountain West.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Wednesday have ranged from a morning low of -25 degrees at Crosby, N.D. to a midday high of 84 degrees at Stuart, Fla.