Weather Underground midday recap for Saturday, October 19, 2013.
A ridge of high pressure continued to dominate the West Coast on Saturday, while an extensive cold frontal boundary brought showers and thunderstorms to the eastern third of the country.
Warm, dry conditions continued to settle in over the western U.S. on Saturday as a high pressure system set up along the Pacific Northwest coast. The southern California and Arizona deserts experienced warmer temperatures due to this ridge of high pressure, as Palm Springs, California recorded a midday high of 87 degrees. Light snow flurries fell in the Rockies and parts of the Intermountain West, but tapered by late morning.
Winter weather advisories were issued in northeast North Dakota on Saturday as a cold front pushed southward over the region. Light snow picked up late in the morning, but very minimal accumulations occurred.
Meanwhile, an extensive cold frontal boundary stretched from Louisiana to New York on Saturday, bringing widespread showers and thunderstorms to several regions. Several states in the Southeast, including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, experienced thunderstorms, while moderate rain pushed through the Ohio Valley and parts of the Northeast. New Orleans, Louisiana reported a midday total of 1.25 inches of rain. Muggy, warm conditions also impacted the Southeast, as Marathon, Florida reported a midday high of 90 degrees.
Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Saturday have ranged from a morning low of 14 degrees at Monarch Pass, Colo. to a midday high of 90 degrees at Marathon, Fla.