Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, May 07, 2013.
A lingering low maintained wet weather conditions in the East on Tuesday, while low pressure moved inland across the West with scattered precipitation.
In the East, a slow moving low shifted eastward into the Mid-Atlantic States, while an associated occluded cold front reached across North Carolina and Virgina. Winds wrapping around the system pulled ample moisture from the Atlantic Ocean inland and kicked up areas of scattered light to moderate showers across the Carolinas, the D.C. area, and the Virginas during the afternoon. While severe thunderstorms were not anticipated with this system, prolonged showers and periods of heavy rainfall maintained flood concerns for the area, primarily in western Virginia.
West of the Mississippi, wet weather picked up across the West and Great Plains as low pressure from California moved inland toward the Four Corners. Light to moderate showers, high elevation snow, and chances of thunderstorms continued along the spine of the Sierra Nevadas and spread eastward across the Central Great Basin toward the Central Rockies. Rain totals for the region were expected to remain fairly light, while more moderate snow totals of 3 to 6 inches were possible in the higher elevations of the mountains. Meanwhile, a weak impulse emerging from the Intermountain West led to areas of showers and thunderstorms in the Plains, as well as chances of severe thunderstorm development in the Southern and Central High Plains. Damaging wind gusts and large hail were the primary threats of severe weather in these regions.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of 25 degrees at Yellowstone, Wyo. to a midday high of 87 degrees at Wink, Texas