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Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, May 06, 2015

An area of low pressure continued to impact the central third of the country on Wednesday, while a tropical system took shape along the east coast of Florida.

A low pressure system focused over the central and northern Plains on Wednesday. This system brought widespread showers and thunderstorms to the Intermountain West, the northern Plains and the upper Midwest. Strong to severe thunderstorms began to fire up across the central and southern Plains. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in Kansas and Oklahoma. Additionally, tornado watches were issued across northern Texas, central Oklahoma, central Kansas and southeast Nebraska. Caldwell, Texas, reported a midday total of 2.98 inches of rain. Okmulgee, Okla., reported a midday total of 1.86 inches of rain. A stationary front extended west southwestward over the central Rockies, the Great Basin and northern California. Isolated showers and thunderstorms developed over the Rockies, the Wasatch, the Great Basin and the northern Sierra Nevada. Winter weather advisories were issued across the Sierra Nevada in anticipation of high elevation snow showers.

A separate frontal boundary stretched across the upper Midwest, the Ohio Valley and the northern Mid-Atlantic. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued in south central Pennsylvania and northern Virginia on Wednesday. Meadville, Pa., reported a midday total of 0.68 inches of rain.

Meanwhile, an area of low pressure developed just east of southern Florida. This system brought scattered showers and thunderstorms to parts of Florida and the southern Mid-Atlantic. Cocoa Beach, Fla., reported a midday total of 1.01 inches of rain.

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