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Weather Underground midday recap for Friday, April 29, 2016

A low pressure system impacted the central third of the country on Friday, while a separate system developed over the Northwest.

An area of low pressure shifted eastward across the southern Plains. Heavy rain and strong thunderstorms fired up from the central and southern Plains to the middle and lower Mississippi Valley. Severe thunderstorm warnings, tornado watches and flash flood warnings were issued across the region on Friday. Tyler, Texas, reported 1.75 inch sized hail. McAlester, Okla., reported a midday total of 2.59 inches of rain. The same system brought heavy snow to the central Rockies and the central high Plains. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories were issued for northern New Mexico, Colorado, southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska. Cokedale, Colo., reported a midday total of 13.0 inches of snow. Taos, N.M., reported a midday total of 2.0 inches of snow. Just to the east, a cluster of light to moderate showers drifted across the upper Midwest and the northern Mid-Atlantic.

Out west, a low pressure system sank southward over the Pacific Northwest. This system generated light to moderate rain and high elevation snow in parts of the Pacific Northwest, the upper Intermountain West and the Great Basin. The majority of California stayed clear of wet weather on Friday.

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