Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, February 15, 2013.
Wintry weather spread across the East on Friday as a low pressure system in eastern Canada pushed two cold fronts over the Eastern Valleys. This produced scattered snow showers from the Ohio River Valley through northern Texas. Snowfall totals ranged from 1 to 2 inches for most areas, with up to 4 inches likely at higher elevations of the Northern and Central Appalachians. Over 5 inches were reported along downwind shores of the Great Lakes in western Michigan and northwestern New York State. Strong winds also accompanied these frontal boundaries with gusts from 50 to 60 mph reported across the Lower Mississippi River Valley and across northern Texas. Meanwhile, just to the south, a stalled frontal boundary brought more showers and thunderstorms to Florida on Friday. These storms have not turned severe, but brought more heavy rains to far southern Florida and into the Bahamas.
In the West, a weak trough of low pressure moved off the Central Rockies and into the Central Plains. Cool temperatures over the region allowed for scattered snow showers to develop from eastern Colorado through Nebraska and into Iowa. Snowfall accumulation remained light in these areas and ranged around an inch. Further west, high pressure remained the dominant weather feature over the West Coast and created another dry and pleasant day.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Friday have ranged from a morning low of -16 degrees at Waskish, Minn. to a midday high of 81 degrees at Camarillo, Calif.