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Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Severe weather developed across the southern Plains on Tuesday, while areas of rain and snow moved through the Northeast. In the East, a trough of low pressure moved over the Great Lakes and into the Northeast on Tuesday. Cooler temperatures along the northern side of this system allowed for snow showers to develop across Ohio, Pennsylvania, and parts of New York states. Rain showers developed along the southern side of this system across the Virginias and Maryland. Snowfall totals ranged from 1 to 2 inches in most areas, with Berlin, Vermont reporting a midday total of 4.1 inches of snow and Corry, Ohio reported 4.0 inches of snow.
Meanwhile in the South, a few weak troughs of low pressure over the southern Plains pulled warm and humid conditions in from the Gulf of Mexico. This allowed for scattered showers and thunderstorms to develop, some of which turned severe with strong winds and large hail. There was a slight risk of severe thunderstorm development from Oklahoma and northern Texas that extended eastward through northern Georgia. By midday on Thursday, there have been multiple reports of large hail in central Arkansas with the largest hail being 2 inch in diameter reported at Bryant, Arkansas.
Meanwhile out West, a trough of low pressure in British Columbia pushed a cold front over the Pacific Northwest and into the Intermountain West. This produced scattered rain showers from Oregon and Washington to western Montana. Significant rainfall was not reported with the heaviest precipitation reported at Brookings, Oregon with a midday total of 0.42 inches of rain.