The nation's weather

Share article

Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, December 01, 2012.

Wet, snowy, and windy weather continued in the West on Saturday, while mild showers swept through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. A low pressure system off the West Coast pushed another cold front over the West Coast. This system pulled abundant moisture onshore with it, which produced more heavy rains and strong winds from Washington through southern California. Snow also developed once this system reached the mountains. Snow levels in the Sierra Nevadas remained high with accumulations from 4 to 8 inches above 6,500 feet. The Cascades saw 3 to 6 inches of snow above 4,500 feet. Many areas saw heavy rainfall with rainfall totals from 1 to 3 inches. Flooding remained a concern for most areas from the Pacific Northwest through central California. High winds also accompanied this system with winds from 25 to 35 mph and gusts up to 65 mph in the mountains. To the east, moisture from this system reached well inland as the leading edge of the cold front moved over the Intermountain West and into the Northern Rockies. Cooler temperatures in these areas allowed for snow levels to range from 4,000 to 5,000 feet in some areas. Thus, heavy snow spread from Idaho through Montana and Wyoming, with snowfall accumulations up to 12 inches at highest elevations.

In the center of the nation, a weak cold front continued to move eastward through the Plains and into the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Temperatures remained above freezing on Saturday, so precipitaiton remained as rain showers for the region.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of -6 degrees at Clayton Lake, Maine to a midday high of 88 degrees at Harlingen, Texas