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Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, February 28, 2015
An area of low pressure moved over the western third of the country on Saturday, while a wave of low pressure shifted across the central states.
A low pressure system inched southward over northern California and the Great Basin. This system ushered light to moderate rain across parts of the Pacific Northwest and California. Grass Valley, Calif., reported a midday total of 0.69 inches of rain. Snow showers also developed over the Cascades, the Sierra Nevada, the Great Basin, the Wasatch and the central Rockies. Winter weather advisories were issued over the Sierra Nevada, the Great Basin and the Wasatch, while winter storm warnings were issued across the central and southern Rockies. Incline Village, Calif., reported a midday total of 10.0 inches of snow. Lemmon Valley, Nev., reported a midday total of 15.0 inches of snow.
Meanwhile, a wave of low pressure moved east northeastward over the southern Plains and the middle Mississippi Valley. A cluster of moderate to heavy snow impacted the central Plains and the middle Mississippi Valley on Saturday. Galena, Kan., reported a midday total of 3.0 inches of snow. Just to the south, a mixture of snow and freezing rain affected eastern Texas, southeast Oklahoma and northern Arkansas.
Additionally, return flow from the Atlantic initiated showers and thunderstorms over the eastern Gulf Coast and the Southeast. The most organized storms focused over Florida. Hollywood, Fla., reported a midday total of 1.79 inches of rain. Tampa, Fla. reported a midday total of 1.56 inches of rain. High pressure kept conditions cold and dry across the Mid-Atlantic, the Ohio Valley and the Northeast. Whitefield, N.H., recorded a morning low of -23 degrees on Saturday.