Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, March 05, 2013.
The winter storm that impacted the North-Central U.S on Monday. moved into the East on Tuesday with strong winds and plenty of precipitation. As the system progressed, snow tapered off in the Northern Plains, while accumulating snowfall blanketed the Upper Mississippi Valley, the Ohio Valley and western Upper Great Lakes. Snowfall totals in the Midwest were expected to reach up to 6 to 9 inches with locally higher amounts possible in areas experiencing more persistent bands of snow. As of this afternoon, some of the heaviest snowfall totals were reported from Minnesota as snow accumulations neared a foot, while snow totals of up to 8.6 inches were reported in areas of Iowa, Illinois, and Wisconsin. High accumulation rates in these areas created the potential for difficult snow removal and dangerous travel conditions. In addition to snow, northerly winds gusting to 30 mph created periods of blowing and drifting snow and led to reduced visibilities as well as heightened dangerous travel conditions.
This storm system also produced swaths of showers and areas of moderate to heavy rain ahead of associated warm and cold fronts, from areas of the Southeast through the Lower Ohio Valley eastward into the Mid-Atlantic. Some thunderstorm activity became possible in the Southeast, ahead of the associated cold front. Areas of eastern Alabama, central and northern Georgia, and extreme western South Carolina were at slight risk of severe thunderstorm development through the afternoon and evening. The main concerns with possible severe storm development in these areas were damaging wind and hail events. As of this afternoon, there were two reports of quarter sized hail (1.00 inch in diameter) from Morgan and Marion Counties, Alabama.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Tuesday have ranged from a morning low of -16 degrees at Yellowstone, Wyo. to a midday high of 78 degrees at Brunswick, Ga.