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Weather Underground midday recap for Monday, Dec. 09, 2013
A cold frontal boundary extended from the Southeast to the eastern portion of the Great Lakes on Monday, while an arctic air mass continued to linger over the Intermountain West, the northern Plains and the upper Midwest.
A cold front drove showers and thunderstorms across a handful of states in the Southeast and the Mid-Atlantic on Monday as the front interacted with a warm air mass along the Gulf of Mexico. The strongest showers and thunderstorms impacted Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. Franklin, N.C., reported a midday total of 1.92 inches of rain, while Cartersville, G.A., reported a midday total of 1.72 inches of rain. Meanwhile, snow fell across parts of New England due to a low pressure system off of the coast of Massachusetts. Millinocket, Maine, reported a midday total of 1.50 inches of snow, while Bridgton, Maine, reported a midday total of 1.30 inches of snow.
An arctic air mass continued to funnel southward across the upper Midwest, the northern Plains and the Intermountain West as wind chill advisories were issued across several states. Yellowstone, Wyo., recorded a morning low of -27 degrees with a windchill factor of -39, while Driggs, Idaho, recorded a morning low of -27 with a windchill factor of -43.
A ridge of high pressure kept the West Coast clear of precipitation on Monday, while cold temperatures triggered hard freeze warnings across the Central Valley of California and the desert Southwest.