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Weather Underground midday recap for Tuesday, March 03, 2015

A cold front moved across the central third of the country on Tuesday, while an area of low pressure shifted over the Four Corners.

A cold frontal boundary extended south southwestward over the Plains and the upper Midwest on Tuesday. As this frontal boundary shifted east southeastward, it generated heavy snow and gusty winds across the upper Intermountain West, the northern Plains, the upper Midwest, the Great Lakes and the Northeast. Blizzard warnings were issued in southwest Minnesota as blustery conditions impacted the region. Bayfield, Wis., reported a midday total of 5.0 inches of snow. Huron, S.D., recorded wind speeds of 52 mph. Meanwhile, a mixture of rain, freezing rain and snow developed over the middle Mississippi Valley, the Tennessee Valley, the Ohio Valley and the Mid-Atlantic. Winter storm warnings were issued in Kentucky, southern Indiana and southern Ohio. Erie, Pa., reported a midday total of 17.0 inches of snow on the ground. Euclid, Ohio, reported a midday total of 14.0 inches of snow on the ground. A cold air mass trailed the aforementioned cold front. Temperatures dropped 15 to 30 degrees below normal over the northern Plains. Harvey, N.D., recorded a midday high of 5 degrees with a wind chill factor of -20 degrees.

A low pressure system weakened as it moved eastward over the Four Corners and the southern high Plains. This system ushered moderate rain over the southern Plains, while a mixture of rain and snow lingered across the Four Corners. Douglas Bisbee, Ariz., reported a midday total of 0.39 inches of rain. A ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific brought a calm weather pattern to the West Coast on Tuesday.

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