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Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Snow, rain, and freezing rain developed across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes on Saturday as a low pressure system moved in from central Canada. This created a warm front that extended eastward over the Great Lakes, and produced a messy combination of freezing rain and snow showers. Downwind shores of the Great Lakes saw lake effect snow showers as this system picked up additional moisture from the lakes. Snowfall in these areas ranged from 5 to 8 inches, while the rest of the region from northern Minnesota through Michigan saw 1 to 2 inches of new snow. Behind this system, a strong cold front developed and stretched westward over the Northern Plains. This Arctic cold front pushed much cooler temperatures into the region from Canada, allowing for high temperatures to drop into the single digits. Strong and gusty winds also accompanied this cold front. Thus, high wind advisories have been issued across North Dakota and northern Minnesota. Strongest wind gust for the region was reported in Rolla, North Dakota with a gust up to 59 mph.

Elsewhere over the nation, a ridge of high pressure continued to dominate the West, which created sunny skies and a mild warming trend. Overnight lows remained near freezing in the valleys and allowed for widespread frost to develop. In the East, high pressure dominated the Southeast and East Coast. This brought warmer air into the region from the south, and pushed temperatures back into the 50s for the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of -22 degrees at Kremmling, Colo. to a midday high of 80 degrees at San Nicolas Island, Calif.

 
 
 

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