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Posted on December 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 8 at 6:07 PM

Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, Dec. 08, 2013

A ripple of low pressure systems trekked across the eastern third of the country on Sunday, while a high pressure system over the Great Basin initiated a Santa Ana wind event along the West Coast.

A strong low pressure system propagated across the Northeast on Sunday. This system packed rain, sleet and snow, which impacted a handful of states throughout the day. Buckhannon, W.Va., reported a midday total of 8.17 inches of snow, while Coatesville, P.A., reported a midday total of 5.01 inches of snow. This system also provided snow showers to parts of the central Plains and upper Midwest on Sunday.

To the south, a separate area of low pressure pushed across the Southeast, which brought showers and thunderstorms to a number of states. The heaviest rain fell in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as Opelousas St Landry Parish, L.A., reported a midday total of 2.69 inches of rain, and Brookhaven, Miss., reported a midday total of 2.03 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, an area of high pressure over the Great Basin triggered offshore winds across California, while a cold, arctic air mass kept temperatures below normal over the West Coast and the Intermountain West. Hard freeze warnings were also issued across the Central Valley of California and into the desert Southwest on Sunday.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of -34 degrees at Crane Lake, Minn. to a midday high of 87 degrees at Marco Island Airport, Fla.

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