Weather Underground midday recap for Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013
An active weather system began to wind down across the eastern third of the country on Sunday, while a ridge of high pressure kept the West Coast clear of precipitation.
Winter storm warnings were issued across northern Maine on Sunday as a low pressure system drove heavy snow across the state. Southwest Harbor, Maine, reported a midday total of 7.50 inches of snow, while Mariaville, Maine, reported a midday total of 8.0 inches of snow. Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary over the northern portion of the Great Lakes drove snow showers across the region. Lake effect snow enhanced precipitation rates downwind of the Great Lakes, which provided heavy snow showers across New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Newaygo, Mich., reported a midday total of 3.0 inches of snow, while North Jay, N.Y., reported a midday total of 5.0 inches of snow. The Southeast stayed clear of precipitation on Sunday, although thunderstorms drove through southern Florida as a frontal boundary lingered over the area. Ocala, Fla., reported a midday total of 3.30 inches of rain.
A separate cold front extended from North Dakota to Iowa. This system ushered snow showers across the Dakotas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Iowa on Sunday.
The majority of the West Coast stayed clear of wet weather due to a ridge of high pressure over the region. The exception to this was in the Pacific Northwest, where an onshore flow pushed light showers across western Washington.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Sunday have ranged from a morning low of -32 degrees at Bemidji, Minn. to a midday high of 86 degrees at Marathon, Fla.