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Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, November 17, 2016

Heavy snow blasted the northern tier of the country on Thursday, while conditions dried out across the Northeast.

A low pressure system strengthened as it moved east northeastward from the central Rockies the high Plains. This system ushered moderate to heavy snow across portions of the Rockies, the central high Plains and the northern Plains. Blizzard warnings were issued in western Minnesota, southeast North Dakota Dakota and eastern South Dakota. Winter storm warnings we also issued in parts of southern South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming and southern Montana. Cooke City, Mont., reported a midday total of 12.0 inches of snow. Canyon, Wyo., reported a midday total of 8.0 inches of snow. Strong winds also accompanied this system on Thursday. Wolf Creek Pass, Colo., recorded a wind gust of 60 mph. Monarch Pass, Colo., recorded a wind gust of 56 mph.

A ridge of high pressure dried conditions out across most of New England, the Mid-Atlantic and the Midwest. Boston, Mass., recorded a midday high of 56 degrees. Cincinnati, Ohio, recorded a midday high of 61 degrees.

Out west, a trough of low pressure kept light showers in the picture for western Washington and northwest Oregon. The same system produced gusty winds in the Southwest. St. Johns, Ariz., recorded a wind gust of 52 mph on Thursday.


Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from a morning low of 3 degrees at Ely, Nev. to a midday high of 88 degrees at McAllen, Texas