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Weather Underground midday recap for Thursday, January 29, 2015

A low pressure system moved across the lower Great Lakes on Thursday, while wet weather began to develop across the Southwest.

An area of low pressure shifted eastward over the upper Midwest and the lower Great Lakes on Thursday. This system ushered light to moderate snow across the upper Midwest, the Great Lakes and the northern Mid-Atlantic. Winter weather advisories were issued in Michigan, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, northeast Ohio, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and northeast Massachusetts. Winter storm warnings were issued across Maine in anticipation of heavier snow showers. Alba, Mich., reported a midday total of 6.5 inches of snow. In addition, a mixture of rain, freezing rain and snow impacted the Ohio Valley, the Tennessee Valley and the southern Mid-Atlantic. High pressure kept conditions calm across the Deep South and the Southeast.

Arctic high pressure brought a blast of cold air to the northern Plains and the upper Mississippi Valley. Temperatures struggled to climb above freezing from the Dakotas to Wisconsin. To the south, temperatures ranged between the 70s and 80s over the southern Plains.

Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure generated light to moderate rain over the southwestern corner of the country. Winter storm watches were issued in eastern Arizona, New Mexico and southern Colorado. A ridge of high pressure over the eastern Pacific kept conditions dry across the Pacific Northwest and the upper Intermountain West on Thursday.

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