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Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, December 20, 2014

A cold front approached the West Coast on Saturday, while a stationary front extended across the Southeast.

A cold front moved eastward toward the West Coast. This frontal boundary sent numerous waves of low pressure across the Northwest on Saturday. Widespread rain and mountain snow impacted the Pacific Northwest, the upper Intermountain West, the northern Great Basin and northern California. The heaviest rain developed over the coasts of Washington and Oregon, as flood warnings were issued across the region. Tillamook, Ore., reported a midday total of 3.04 inches of rain. Brookings, Ore., reported a midday total of 2.08 inches of rain. Winter storm warnings were issued across a handful of states, including Colorado, Utah, southern Wyoming, southeast Idaho and southern Montana. Winter weather advisories were also issued in northeast Nevada, western Montana, northern Idaho and central Washington. Twisp, Wash., reported a midday total of 4.0 inches of snow. Powder Mountain, Utah, reported a midday total of 3.0 inches of snow. In addition, high wind warnings were issued across northeast California, Oregon and southern Washington. High pressure kept conditions clear from southern California to Texas.

Meanwhile, a stationary front extended across the eastern Gulf Coast and the Southeast. Showers and stray thunderstorms developed over the Mid-Atlantic and parts of the central and eastern Gulf Coast on Saturday. Pascagoula, Miss., reported a midday total of 0.68 inches of rain. Scattered snow showers moved across the upper Midwest and the Ohio Valley, while the Northeast stayed mostly clear of precipitation. .

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