Weather Underground midday recap for Monday, March 25, 2013.
Snow continued across portions of the Midwest and picked up along the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coasts on Monday as the strong storm of the East lift northward. In the Midwest, generally moderate scattered snow showers continued from in the Ohio Valley and parts of the eastern Tennessee Valley on Monday as an area of low pressure over Kentucky lifted northeastward over the Central Appalachians. Sufficient moisture and chilly temperatures over the region translated into possible snow storm conditions in these areas through the afternoon and evening. Thus far, storm totals of up to 4 to 10 inches have been reported in the impacted areas of the Midwest with locally higher amounts of up to 18.5 inches reported in southern Illinois. In addition to snow, gusty north and northeast winds cause areas of blowing snow, lowered visibilities, and potentially dangerous driving conditions. Meanwhile, the other portion of this late season storm lifted northward through the western Atlantic Ocean, remaining just offshore of the East Coast, through the morning and became positioned just east of Delaware this afternoon. This low strengthened and allowed strong winds to spread across the Mid-Atlantic and New England Coast with plenty of moisture. Areas of rain and snow developed along the immediate coastline, while cold temperatures supported snow showers across inland areas. More accumulating snow blanketed the higher elevations of the Central Appalachians. Snow accumulations of 6 to 8 inches were expected at elevations above 1,500 feet, while 4 to 6 inches of snow were anticipated elsewhere in the mountains.
Out West, an upper wave of low pressure reached the Pacific Northwest and the northern tier of California with limited moisture on Monday, and created chances of light, isolated rain showers.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Monday have ranged from a morning low of -20 degrees at Yellowstone, Wyo. to a midday high of 82 degrees at Kendall, Fla.