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Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, November 22, 2014
A cold front extended from the West Coast to the northern Plains on Saturday, while strong thunderstorms developed over the southern tier of the country.
A cold front stretched from the West Coast to the northern high Plains on Saturday. This system brought high elevation snow showers to the Cascades and the northern Rockies, while light to moderate rain developed across the Pacific Northwest, northern California, the Great Basin and the lower elevations of the Intermountain West. Winter storm warnings were issued across southern Idaho, western Wyoming, northeast Utah and Colorado. Brewster, Wash., reported a midday total of 10.0 inches of snow. Hailey, Idaho, reported a midday total of 4.0 inches of snow. In addition, high wind warnings were issued across a handful of states to the west of the Continental Divide. Livingston, Mont., recorded wind speeds of 68 mph. Monarch Pass, Colo., recorded wind speeds of 63 mph.
Meanwhile, a cluster of strong thunderstorms fired up over the Gulf Coast, the southern Plains and the lower Mississippi Valley on Saturday. Flash flood warnings were issued in central Texas, while flood advisories were issued in northern Texas and southern Oklahoma. Chickasha, Okla., reported a midday total of 2.72 inches of rain. Wichita Falls, Texas, reported a midday total of 1.35 inches of rain.
A mixture of rain, freezing rain and snow impacted the Ohio Valley, the Great Lakes and the Northeast. Freezing rain advisories were issued in Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and western Maine. In addition, flash flood watches were issued in western New York as a warmer weather pattern caused rapid snow melt over the area.