Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, February 23, 2013.
A strong winter storm moved across the Northwestern corner of the nation on Saturday, while snow showers continued for the Northeast and showers and thunderstorms lingered over the Southeast. A low pressure system moved over the Pacific Northwest and through the Intermountain West, toward the Rockies throughout the day. This system brought heavy snow and strong winds to most of the Western states. Snowfall accumulation ranged from 6 to 8 inches in most areas from Washington and Oregon through northern Nevada, western Montana, northern Utah, and into far northwestern Colorado. Higher elevations saw over a foot of snow in some places of Idaho, Nevada, and Washington. Heaviest mid-day snowfall accumulation was reported at Stevens Pass, Washington with 14 inches of new snow. Strong winds developed along the leading edge of this system with strongest gusts up to 63 mph reported at Twin Falls, Idaho.
Meanwhile in the East, a low pressure system that brought heavy snow to the Southwest and Plains this week has moved over the Great Lakes, and pushed snow showers into the Northeast. Snowfall totals ranged from 2 to 4 inches across the Northeast, while parts of the Great Lakes saw more heavy snowfall. Some areas of Michigan saw over 6 inches of new snow on Saturday. The southern side of this system created a frontal boundary that lingered over the Southeast. This kicked up more showers and thunderstorms across the Gulf Coast and into the Carolinas. Severe thunderstorm development has not yet been reported.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of -11 degrees at Gunnison, Colo. to a midday high of 88 degrees at Melbourne, Fla.