Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, March 26, 2013.
Snow showers and strong winds in much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast eased on Tuesday as the strong storm system located off the New England Coast moved further into the Atlantic Ocean. As this system exited, cold temperatures combined with moist, favorable upslope flow maintained fairly light to moderate, intermittent snow showers in the Central Appalachians and Great Lakes regions. Snow accumulations in the Central Appalachians were expected to range from 1 to 4 inches below 2,500 feet in elevation to 4 to 8 inches above 2,500 feet. Outside of this area, much of the nation experienced a fairly quiet, yet chilly weather day on Tuesday as temperatures remained well below normal values for this time of year. Daytime highs in areas of the Plains and East were up to 20 degrees shy of normal values.
Out West, chances of light rain continued in the Pacific Northwest and northern California on Tuesday as a weak disturbance from the Pacific reached the area. Chances of precipitation spread inland to the Northern and Central Rockies through the day with areas of high elevation snow.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -13 degrees at Minot AFB, N.D. to a midday high of 82 degrees at Imperial, Calif.