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Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, April 18, 2014
A strong low pressure system inched across the eastern Gulf Coast and the Southeast on Friday, while a cold front trekked across the Intermountain West.
An area of low pressure pushed across the eastern Gulf Coast and the Southeast on Friday. This system produced strong to severe thunderstorms across a handful of states. Tornado warnings and severe thunderstorm watches were issued in Florida as the strongest thunderstorms focused over the western half of the state. Milton, Fla., reported a midday total of 4.55 inches of rain, while Crestview, Fla., reported a midday total of 3.42 inches of rain. These thunderstorms also brought gusty winds to the region, as Pinellas, Fla., recorded wind speeds of 44 mph. Along the northern tier of the country, a separate low pressure system moved eastward across the eastern Great Lakes. Mixed precipitation accompanied this system and approached the northeastern corner of the country. Flood warnings were issued in several states, including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, as rapid snow melt continued to occur across the area.
Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary propagated eastward across the Great Basin and the Intermountain West. A mixture of rain and snow developed along the northern Rockies, while showers moved over central and eastern Montana. Scattered showers and thundrestorms also developed across the Four Corners due to an area of low pressure over southern California. The remainder of the West Coast avoided precipitation on Friday.