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Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, October 01, 2014
A cold frontal boundary extended across the central U.S. on Wednesday, while a ridge of high pressure lingered over the eastern Pacific.
A strong cold front extended across the southern and central Plains, as well as the upper Mississippi Valley. As this system collided with warm, muggy air over the central US, several clusters of rain and thunderstorms formed over the region. Flood warnings were issued in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa, while flash flood watches were issued in southeast Kansas and southern Missouri. Lincoln, Neb., reported a midday total of 2.37 inches of rain. Waseca, Minn., reported a midday total of 2.01 inches of rain. Just to the west, winter weather advisories were scattered across the Intermountain West as high elevation snow showers affected the Rockies. Snow showers developed over portions of Colorado and Wyoming. High pressure over the eastern Pacific brought warm, dry conditions to the West Coast. Heat advisories were issued over parts of coastal California on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, an area of low pressure skimmed across the coast of New England. This system ushered heavy rain over the northern Mid-Atlantic and New England. Chester, Conn., reported a midday total of 3.82 inches of rain. East Milton, Mass., reported a midday total of 0.87 inches of rain. To the south, a stationary front extended from southern Louisiana to northern Florida. Isolated thunderstorms developed along this frontal boundary over the western Gulf Coast and Florida. New Iberia, La., reported a midday total of 0.84 inches of rain.