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By: nationalsummary , 10:10 AM GMT on April 02, 2014
Weather Underground midday recap for Wednesday, April 02, 2014
A strong winter storm moved off the northern Rockies and into the northern Plains early on Wednesday, while heavy rainfall developed across the mid-Mississippi River Valley. The system brought moderate to heavy snowfall to North and South Dakota, before moving eastward toward the Upper Midwest. Snowfall totals with this system ranged from 2 to 3 inches across South Dakota, with up to 5 inches reported at Hill City, South Dakota. The back side of this system allowed for strong winds and scattered snow showers to persist across the northern and central Rockies throughout the day. Strong winds developed behind this system, with gusts up to 81 mph at Wolf Creek Pass, Colorado. Snowfall totals across the region ranged from 1 to 3 inches.
Meanwhile to the east, a trough of low pressure over the southern Plains advanced eastward and created a warm front that moved over the mid-Mississippi River Valley. This system pulled warm and moist air in from the Gulf of Mexico, which created showers and thunderstorms across Missouri. Some of these storms have turned severe with hail and strong winds. Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued in parts of east-central Missouri. Quarter size hail was reported at Sarcoxie, Missouri. Flooding advisories have been issued across the region due to periods of heavy rainfall. Heaviest rain was reported at Columbia, Missouri with a midday total of 2.17 inches.
Out West, a low pressure system moved over southern California and pushed some moisture onshore from the Pacific Ocean. This allowed for widespread scattered showers to develop over California, with heaviest rainfall reported at Santa Maria, California with a midday total of .35 inches of rain.
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